How we can be our best-performing selves in this uncertain era? Grant Christofely explores the importance of being open to new workplace norms.
Over the last month, a slew of articles have tried to help employees around the world adjust to the new normal of working from home. How to be effective, where to sit, how to schedule your day, video conference etiquette… the list goes on. I’ve taken a lot of joy from these pieces - developing best practices, collaborating to refine ideas, and distributing them to those whose health, wellness and productivity will benefit, is the promise of my industry.
It’s inspiring to see people contributing knowledge to people in need and uniting to help those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with new ways of working and living. In this new chapter, we will all learn more about ourselves and our priorities, carrying these lessons into the future.
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean disconnection. As people grow comfortable with the fact that we’re only as far away as a Zoom link or Facetime call, you have the opportunity to make connections that perhaps you never thought possible.
Stay in touch with your purpose at work or create a new purpose to stay motivated. Last Friday, I joined four different video calls. I learned a lot about my colleagues, the conversation was cathartic, and I made connections with people that brought me closer to both my organisation and friends.
We even came up with a few ideas for work that got us excited for the weeks to come. I felt a connection and sense of purpose that I hadn’t felt before. Try it, it will amp up your performance.
Without a boundary between work and home we too often forget that it’s ok to enjoy ourselves. Working from home doesn’t mean you have to work all the time, or even straight from 9 to 5… so embrace a new workplace norm. Have fun; exercise and cook, play with your kids, take up sculpture!
Play has the power to challenge your brain in new ways. Building new skills or starting a new project is natural training for your creativity and can lead to inspiration that will benefit you in any number of ways. Play will support your mental health, it will make you a happier person, a more productive worker, and a more pleasant partner to the new co-workers in your life.
Change is difficult. As someone who spends my days helping organisations transform the ways they work, I’m aware that the above recommendations can’t be implemented overnight. I hope instead, that they will serve as a road-map to help you set goals and aspire to achieve your best self in these new circumstances - priming you for a new era of work that is yet undefined.
I applaud everyone facing these challenging times head-on and with an open mind - we’ll get through this together, in a new kind of togetherness.
Grant Christofely is a Senior Strategist, Associate at M Moser Associates in New York.