It was back in March when my client, Kristen, asked me, “Karen, what are your silver linings?” She meant, “What are your silver linings related to COVID-19?”
I hadn’t heard that or thought of it that way, but I immediately paused and thought of a few. I am particularly grateful this challenging year for so many silver linings. Here are some of mine:
My health and the ability to take long walks.
My friends who are willing to walk with me and make me laugh and smile.
Technology that makes it easy for me to work.
Meditation and the ability to quiet my busy and oftentimes cluttered brain.
My colleagues who make me laugh and cut me a lot of slack.
My clients who give my life fulfillment, distraction during COVID-19, purpose and income.
The beautiful fall leaves.
My home office.
My wonderful family and their frequent texts and phone calls.
My hope is that during this holiday season, you will find ways to celebrate in safer and quieter ways. I appreciate you.
I conducted a virtual workshop recently on creating a more positive workplace. The insights of the thoughtful and engaged participants were phenomenal! In the weeks to come I will be sharing more highlights from the program. We discussed handling disagreements, forming good work habits, and charting a course for a positive future.
Here are some of the take-aways from one of our ideal workplace discussions, focusing on the importance of building connections.
- In our current virtual world, we need to find new opportunities to get to know people and connect as human beings. Sometimes that might just be asking someone how they are doing, and then making time to listen to the answer.
- Focus should be on behaviors that could diminish or erode stress.
- If something doesn’t make sense to you, it just means that you don’t understand the other person’s motivations or background. It’s time to go to them and try to understand their point of view.
- Everything we do all day long in both our personal and professional lives either connects us as human beings or disconnects us. This includes interactions through conversations, email, Zoom calls, and body language. The more we engage in disconnecting behaviors, the more we destroy trust. Connecting helps build our relationships.
How do you build connections in your workplace?
I conducted a virtual workshop last week on creating a more positive workplace. The insights of the thoughtful and engaged participants were phenomenal! In the weeks to come I will be sharing highlights from the program. We discussed handling disagreements, forming good work habits, and charting a course for a positive future.
Here are some of the take-aways from one of our first discussion points, “What makes an ideal workplace?”
- Trust is a cornerstone of effective teams and work groups.
- All of the behaviors associated with an ideal workplace are factors in building trust.
- The only way to build trust and build relationships is to go to the source, every time. When you talk about others, behind their backs, trust is diminished.
- While a negative interaction could occur between two people, the others who observe will recognize that the behavior they are witnessing could also happen to them. Trust can be lost through this indirect group dynamic.
- It is best to have course corrections in the moment. A little discomfort can build trust, although a lot of discomfort does not ever build trust.
What makes an ideal workplace for you?