A Thought Experiment for Today
Written by Roxanne Brown
I am struck by what appears to be more frequent, genuine kindness in language and actions today, especially at work. Checking on others. Showing real concern. Smiling bigger at seeing someone appear on the video call. Space given on those video calls to listen to what others are going through. Proactive reach-outs. Grace. People sharing real confessions of downfalls in how they’re coping. This amount of generosity does not seem to be part of the usual persona of work.
Maybe people are reconsidering what it means to be kind at work. Reconsidering boundaries. Still professional but more authentic. Everyone is actively coping. We’re all immersed in this grand experiment.
This got me thinking: What if someone had designed this thing we’re all going through as an experiment? Why might such an experiment be created? What would be its purpose? Why might you agree to be part of it?
Initial thoughts: Maybe to…
I think we’re learning these and a lot of other things by accident. That’s quite an experiment!
I hope the themes of kindness and love we’re seeing more often in the workplace persist long after we get back to “normal”. I know not everyone is having this experience but a move in this direction is good for everyone, good for our collective health. And, a giant step toward more joy at work.
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