2020 is coming to a close (did I really just say that?).
So much has changed..and NOT as I might have imagined.
The events of this year not only changed the way we work and live…they also changed us.
Team members who went home in March are not the same people who left the workplace…with their desktops… on a moment’s notice.
I think about this profound change and human resilience a lot.
I think a lot about how this rapid change has affected me…my work…my family…my world.
Across the country and world-wide, knowledge-workers rallied and set up offices at home with the speed and efficiency never seen before….and we have all been impacted.
We’ve had new experiences and seen things we cannot un-see, un-hear or un-know.
- Have you taken time to reflect on your own experience?
- Do you know how your team members are doing?
- Do you know how they’ve been impacted?
- Are you clear about what they need, think and feel?
Probably not, because as a rule, people aren’t comfortable talking about these things openly; especially their emotional well-being. As a leader, you may not feel comfortable asking.
And it’s hard to know how wide the gap is between what you think is going on and what people know to be true in their own lives.
We know organizations depend on people and it’s clear…. from this point forward…those that lead with a People-First philosophy will stand out and win.
Engaging people and creating Emotional Safety and Trust in the workplace will be considered table-stakes for survival.
That means it’s important to build a culture by having sometimes uncomfortable conversations that create emotional safety, reduce fear, increase trust and build human connection.
As we lean into these courageous conversations and build strong bonds between people we create winning cultures that attract and retain the best talent.
Today, cutting-edge leaders understand there’s a direct correlation between connection and belonging, and the human ability to be effective, high-performing and engaged.
This is great news!
It’s also the new workplace imperative…because without this very basic understanding and application, cultures will continue to focus on symptoms without addressing the root cause of what’s really going on.
It’s time to lean in, roll up our sleeves and get started.
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