Well, that escalated quickly! We went from fighting fires to fighting for toilet paper in a matter of weeks!
As quickly as it came, COVID-19 has changed the landscape of many businesses. Literally. For many workplaces, busy office floors have been substituted with makeshift desks on the dining tables of Australians all over the country.
Whether it’s for a day while the workplace is cleaned after a confirmed case is identified, or a longer term strategy a business has put in place, staying connected with the good humans in your workplace is important.
Why? Well, all those times when you’ve bumped into someone in the kitchen making coffee, or the chat at the water cooler, or the good morning wave all actually contribute to a sense of belonging – an important ingredient in inclusive cultures that could very well be compromised by this change in landscape.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. As some of us move to working remotely, there are practical things we can do to encourage that feeling that we’re still very connected by more than just the work we do.
It’s as simple as picking up the phone, or organizing a zoom meeting, or sending an email to someone in your organization whom you don’t normally engage with. It’s an opportunity to connect with a different part of the business and learn about the opportunities and challenges they’re facing as well as sharing your own. It’s an opportunity to share things about what’s happening in your new environment and the changes you’ve accommodated in your personal life.
It’s an opportunity to meet someone new, learn something new, and appreciate the diversity that exists in your workplace. And when it’s back to business at the office, re-connect with your new colleague and benefit from the uniqueness you’ve encountered in them.
Stay connected. Learn more about the uniqueness in the people around you.
Be a Good Human.