Jaclyn T. Badeau
Pulse Point – Change is Constant, Resiliency is Key
If the last couple of years has taught us anything, it is that change is constant. We’ve experienced many major events like the obvious one of a pandemic where sickness is all around us; you or someone you know has more than likely been personally affected by it. The research about the virus has been on this continuous loop of being updated producing guidelines for us to adapt to in both our personal and professional lives. We’ve had other changes like a change in presidency, storms affecting millions, massive social movements spotlighting critical issues. Organizations have dissolved, merged, grown, changed… Normal day to day challenges are still here too – home, spouse, kids, homeschooling, health and financial concerns, family including aging members, balancing the thought that you don’t want to wait to live/get out there and do things… All the little and big changes and day to day activities hopefully spark discussion, education, empathy, and self-reflection. With self-reflection comes awareness, which can ignite a need for change.
Some of this self-reflection resulted in “The Great Resignation” which is still ongoing, and it will probably be around for a while especially since organizations are figuring out who they are and who they want to be... Will they “default” back to what they were before that March 2020 date where many were forced to leave the Office premises? Or will they take the opportunity to really understand what environment helps employees thrive and how to engage them? Time will tell on this one.
Some of this self-reflection resulted in a spike in divorces; couples started truly realizing what makes them happy (or unhappy) under extreme and stressful situations. A yahoo!finance article noted “newly married couples were the most likely to file for divorce.”1 How long will this divorce spike continue? I’m not sure but I do know one thing – life is too short to not be happy.
Stepping back, two things are certain:
Change is constant
The people and organizations who develop skills of resiliency can and will thrive
The first point is straightforward and I’m assuming you can agree given what you’ve experienced over your lifetime and knowing that technology and other factors can change things in the blink of an eye. For the second point, building resiliency muscles to be able to adapt to current conditions and changes around you or even prepare yourself to adapt to things in the future is crucial. When changes happen, some people are shocked and frozen in the moment, almost like they can’t think or make a decision. You want your resiliency muscles to kick in naturally. You want to be flexible, have stress coping skills, and be able to be optimistic to move forward one small step at a time. Combining these skills with self-reflection is powerful because you never know what personal, organizational, local, state, national, or global events are coming our way. I challenge you to take action today and discover small steps you can implement in your life to develop resiliency and self-reflection skills!
If you are interested in learning more about Organizational Employee Engagement, I encourage you to download my “Culture Pulse: Employee Engagement Questionnaire” here to assess where you and your organization are in your employee engagement culture journey.
I look forward to providing monthly pulse points to help you stay up to date with how the workplace culture scene is evolving.
About Jaclyn T. Badeau, CPA, CGMA, MBA, EQ Certified
Jaclyn Badeau is the Founder and President of Badeau Consulting. She specializes in employee engagement initiatives that help companies inspire confidence back into their team for innovation and growth. Jaclyn’s background in cultivating high performing teams, delivering coaching and mentoring, serving as a global business risk advisor, and facilitating internal and external leadership training to a global workforce gives her the unique perspective of what employees need and what works. She is also a multi award recipient and passionate about sharing her expertise and knowledge in volunteer advisory and leadership positions roles for many associations and not-for-profits.
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Pulse Point is a monthly blog to stay up to date with how the workplace culture scene is evolving.
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