I wanted to start out completely unique and different.
HOWEVER, we all know that this is going to lead into the state of the world today.
Oh Rona, why are you having such a hissy fit?
I figured that I am on a nickname basis with the pandemic by now.
I am one of the grateful people that get to do my job remotely when there is bad weather or you know, a crazy virus overtaking the world.
I’m an extrovert by nature.
I’m also a hugger.
Check on your hugger friends.
We are NOT okay.
Although working from home is something that I am super happy to have the option to do, I would rather be with my work family during my hours of hustle.
I never thought that I would be able to say that and mean it, but wow does that feel GOOD.
I love what I do and I love the people with whom I share that passion.
*Insert Golden Girls theme here*
With all of that said, I am struggling with being at home.
I miss my routine.
I miss my desk.
I miss my organized chaos.
I miss walking into the lobby and chatting with the MSR’s.
I miss the students, staff, and faculty that my credit union serves.
Okay, I miss everything.
Now I am operating through emails and phone calls.
It works, but it is so far from what I enjoy.
I need human interaction!
I need laughter!
I need ridiculously priced coffee with the perfectly tipped whipped cream on top!
Sorry, I got mixed up between needs and wants.
Back to the topic at hand…
Because this is the “new normal” and because virtual has become the “new way”, we must adapt in a way that speaks to who we are.
I have seen so many creative ways that people are engaging their staff and coworkers during this weird time.
One guy shows up to his virtual meetings with a new and exciting hat on each time.
I believe the last one was Mickey Mouse ears.
How fun is that?!
I saw another credit union friend who had a virtual staff meeting complete with a random dance break.
That is my kind of meeting.
Sometimes it is just the simple things that can do it.
Our staff has been sharing funny gifs and memes just to get through the days.
Affirmations come in many forms.
A weird hat.
The sprinkler dance.
Affirmations aren’t just saying “awesome” or “great job”.
They are also taking the time to make someone feel good JUST because.
What are you doing to make sure your staff and coworkers feel good during this uncertain time?
It isn’t about money.
It’s simply about effort.
Now more than ever is the time to dig deep and bring that inner affirmation superhero to the surface.
Go go gadget virtual AFFIRMATORS!