Psychological theory describes attachment along the lines of a deep enduring emotional bond that connects one human being to another across time, space and situations.
Bonding does not always need to be deliberate, shared or reciprocated.
That is lucky.
There is nothing worse than unsolicited attention, affection or interaction.
But how do we then initiate, develop or grow more productive, healthier and sustainable relationships that work at a distance.
This ‘Big Reset’ period induced by Covid-19 put relationship building on steroids to provide part of a possible answer.
Vulnerability, revelation and struggle always represent a potent mix.
Covid-19 also enforced us to invite technology into our homes to conduct virtual meetings, networking sessions and other online activities to further blend our professional, social and private lives.
This situation has given us all behind-the-scenes glimpses into each other’s day-to-day life to create a positive side effect called ‘Humanising Business’.
Rather than shaping negative opinions, these kinds of experiences stimulate talking points, understanding and empathy.
Uncomfortable situations nurture flexibility, agility and dynamism but they also make us connect, engage and bond.
Work is part of life.
Be open that it can be a challenge to span our attention cycle across the multiple pillars of Work, Exercise, Social, Hobbies, Family, Personal Growth and Alone Time.
It may lead to a broader conversation to change our ways of working too.
Once a ‘book of work’ is known, people should have the freedom of the road to discuss among themselves to safely work from where, when, how and at what time.
There is a place for voice and digital connectivity however nothing beats in person interactions to cultivate mutual bonds of trust. This means the office remains a central place to meet up but with a twist as people choose to go there.
However, people can travel to the office outside peak hours too.
Knowing each other’s patterns, situations and challenges contributes to getting things done.
Technology must be the servant, not the master to make this all happen.
Using technology to do things quicker gives us time back to better balance, enrich and benefit our lives. More time to think, create and innovate.
Ask the question whether a deadline for a piece of work has been signed off by the Board of Directors to differentiate between arbitrary and mission critical work.
A calendar of events also clarifies who is pumping (un)necessary stress into the system.
This should help us all to better leverage our time and energy to give each moment, person or pillar our undivided attention.
It is imperative for organisations to review all of their policies impacting this space.
As the ‘Big Reset’ implies, doing the same things as before only quicker is not a viable option, similarly, ignoring some of the already mentioned pillars undermines our well-being longer term therefore we must think, operate and act differently.
Perhaps we should take inspiration from this video titled ‘The Clock Tower’ to find ways to use technology to better balance our lives.
Who knows we may see a transformed version of the ‘Devoted Worker’ too.
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