Bringing Moments of Joy into the Virtual World

Many of our opportunities for moments of joy at work have disappeared while working from home.  The spontaneity that we took for granted talking about a fun weekend around the water cooler or seeking advice from a colleague in the next cube is gone. We are working together, but not quite connected. How can we start to bring a little more joy to our work and gain connectedness in an inherently disconnected world?

  1. Kindness Matters. Without the opportunity for spontaneous conversations, acts of kindness just take a bit more effort.  We know that looking someone in the eye and acknowledging their upbeat attitude is very different than liking their posts on instagram. We get a bigger serotonin boost when someone pays us a complement or acknowledges us in person. Offering more random acts of kindness in the virtual world does take a bit more thought and energy, but it can help to make everyone feel more connected!
  2. Clear Communication, Watch Those Channels. Are you using the correct channel to communicate your feedback?  With so many options at our disposal, it can be tough to decide which is the appropriate channel for your message.  I suggest crafting the message and then thinking about which channel is most appropriate for sending/receiving the feedback.
  3. Surprise and Delight.  At the beginning of the pandemic folks were getting pretty creative to stay connected in the virtual world.  One of my favorite pop-up joy boosters was a little show started by John Krasinski called Some Good News.  Perhaps we can take a piece of this idea and start our meeting with some good personal news.  Or something that you find joyful to share (even those cat videos count). Sharing good news and moments of joy bring us all closer together and encourage us to help one another. 

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