Yes, There Can Still Be Positive Workplace Disruption
Patti Fletcher | April 27, 2020
Everything in our lives has fundamentally changed in 2020. We can’t just run to the store for a forgotten item. We can’t visit our families, our parents or our children and grandchildren. No more dropping in on friends for fun. For those of us who have loved ones who are first responders or in positions considered essential, we worry every day for their safety and for the safety of those in our homes. And the experience of work has been completely disrupted, even for people used to working remotely. School-aged children are often sharing office space with parents. The sandwich generation is now navigating working from home while keeping the peace with three generations living together. Instead of in-person meetings, web conferencing has become the norm. According to the World Health Organization, our physical and financial health are not the only things at risk. When faced with constant forced isolation and loss of freedom, humans can face a downward spiral of depression, extreme fatigue and despair. The Energy Project founder and CEO, Tony Schwartz, suggests focusing energy on becoming aware of personal feelings as a good first step to creating internal calm despite the storm surrounding us. The challenge is that organizational energy levels are hard to measure. Or at least they were until now.