Working as optimally as possible, that is the aim of organizational psychologist Lennard Toma. He is always looking for ways to improve self-organization and happiness at work. Every week he shares his best tips here. Today: reconnect.
Although we are seeing some ups and downs again, I am convinced that we have now had the worst of what Covid has to offer us. Most people have now been vaccinated. I have also been through the magisterial vaccination temple and was impressed by the Dutch ability to organize these kinds of things.
As an organizational psychologist, I helped various organizations get through the crisis during the corona year. Where I normally helped with steps forward, I was now putting plasters on. In each of the organizations I’ve helped – from government agency to bank and from nursery to healthcare facility – there is one clear thing that is needed now, because it didn’t work in Covid time: connecting.
Then I’m talking about connection between people. Between managers and the workplace. Feeling connected again with the company you work for and with customers, clients, patients and citizens. But also connection with your tasks and workplace. Connection to that world out there that you haven’t really seen in a while.
Not just in working life
And connection is not only necessary in working life. Right now it is important that politicians reconnect with us. That they listen, represent us and work with us. Hopefully we can take the time to reconnect with family and friends we saw only sporadically under anti-cuddle conditions.
Of course we have to connect with nature and our planet, so that we don’t screw it up (further). And we mustn’t forget to connect to ourselves, instead of our phones and other screens.
If we find more connection, it will give us more satisfaction at work and beyond
If we find more connection, it will give us more satisfaction at work and beyond. It’s going to make us happier. And make us better people, for ourselves and everything around it. One of the longest-running Harvard studies (started in 1938, running for eighty years) shows that people live healthier, happier and longer lives through strong social relationships.
Connection could well be the word of the 1920s after Covid. I hope so anyway. And it’s that simple. There is only one thing you need to connect: attention. Question: “How are you?” Or: ‘Tell me your story from the past year.’ And you are there. If we can organize those vaccination temples so tightly in the Netherlands, we can certainly do this. Easy.
Columnist Thijs Launspach is on holiday. Lennard Toma is his temporary replacement. Want to know more about Lennard’s view of work? Also read his book 99 Problems But The Boss Ain’t One.
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