We all are going to go through a process of pivoting from pandemic life to whatever life is going to look like next. Particularly in our workplaces as we come back together with our co-workers, we must be respectful of the various experiences people have had throughout the pandemic. Some may have lost family members, some may have suffered from mental health issues, and others may not have been impacted directly at all. Everyone is likely at a different point in the process of pivoting, and we need to be respectful and conscious of those differences.
I had a light bulb go off this week about how important it is to answer the question “How are you?” honestly, especially when the answer isn’t positive. Times are tough right now! We are all going through a variety of different emotions and trying to process and adapt to challenging circumstances. A lot has happened – this article was my attempt to processes some of it and recognize why connecting and sharing is so critical – especially in the workplace. As a Manager, I commit to creating a safe space for employees to honestly and openly share and connect with each other about whatever they are comfortable sharing.