My most surprising discovery during the pandemic is the extraordinary sense of connection I feel with business colleagues around the globe, and it’s stronger than ever.
I’ve participated in numerous Zoom meetings the past five months with two international groups I’m part of: the all-volunteer Global Facilitators Serving Communities and the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Certified Facilitators community. I’m blown away by our sharing parallel experiences each time we meet online.
Regardless of geography or culture, we’re all grappling with similar concerns and emotions:
- worrying about the health and welfare of our families, friends, neighbors, and communities
- social distancing in lieu of socializing as we used to know it, especially missing in-person handshakes and hugs
- the sudden shift to working virtually (even among those of us who have worked from home for many years) with evaporating boundaries between work and home
- figuring out how and when we’ll be able to sustain our work and livelihoods
- a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows while acknowledging it’s OK to not feel OK.
Each one of us is dealing with fatigue from being “hyper-engaged digitally, yet highly stressed emotionally,” according to HR industry analyst Josh Bersin. And while we have different ways of coping, I find comfort in knowing I’m not alone in this.
What hit home for me is how much I’ve come to value the strength of our connections. Even greater than being members in a professional community is our human bond in a global community.
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