Ready for the Rainbow After the (Pandemic) Storm? (It’s Coming!)
Just as they say there’s a silver lining to every problem, a light at the end of the tunnel, darkness before the dawn… well, there’s a rainbow after every storm. And quite the storm it has been!
I sense there’s an important lesson behind this horrible COVID-19 epidemic. And it’s been a long time coming. That lesson is how much we have devalued “face time” in our contemporary world of “connectedness.” I have always shaken my head at the number of “connections” publicly posted on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and other social media. Yet, when you need a ride to the hospital to get a colonoscopy, and you can’t find a single soul who can or will drive you, what GOOD is social media?
I feel SM has been abused. Rather than serving as a complement to our lifestyles, it has become the LIFE STANDARD. And not a good one. More people in the last decade have reported feeling increasingly lonely and isolated. I once referred to it as “Connectedness in Isolation.” Yet so many amongst us claim to thrive on social media. Why? Young people rarely use the phone; they text. And most Facebook addicts’ personal email languishes, gathering proverbial dust because everyone is on FB. Then there’s Instant Messaging, Chats, Tele-Everything. Anything but FACE TIME.
It’s as if we’ve become repulsed by even the IDEA of face time; as in—a waste of time. I can still remember feeling both repulsed and alienated when, years ago, my fellow office workers requested that I email my work to them, instead of printing it out and putting it on their desks or chairs. Even when I sat right next to them!
Fast forward to today. I thought Meetup.com was pure genius. Finally, a way to get people out of their homes and offices and TOGETHER. I mean, long gone are the neighborhood ladies’ coffee klatches and the men’s night out playing cards or bowling. Of course, there are and have been virtual Meetups, which have come in handy for members of a group with diverse and spread-out locations, and I have joined both. But, alas, I have watched many a Meetup slowly unravel over just a short time. Why? Maybe the Organizer was poor at his or her role. Maybe the topic was made uninteresting. But I don’t think, in my experience, anyway, that this has been true. People just can’t commit to in-person activities. What a shame!
We’ve brought this pandemic punishment upon ourselves. It’s almost as if we have displeased our Great Creator and she has decided to teach us a good and lasting lesson. Human beings are natural communicators and for us not to do so is to insult our species. So, now, for many weeks on end, we’ve been sent to our rooms with only meals, games, books and – GASP – social media to rely on for entertainment. And while this may have been appealing initially, we’re each feeling like the lone coyote shunned by the pack. (That’s why to meet a single coyote is NEVER GOOD. It’s very unhappy.)
But stay with me… here comes the rainbow! For those of us who have learned The Lesson well, face time will be a long-sought pleasure. Hair salons and nail spas will fill up quickly. Schools and churches will reopen. People will gather together for dinner and a movie once again. (And they’ll do it often.) Shoppers will exhibit a strong preference for brick-and-mortar stores and libraries will resume holding events and lending out books and DVDs. Families will get together for Sunday dinners once again, instead of waiting for a holiday, and beaches, parks and country fairs will populate quickly. Employees will clamor for office banter, which may have previously seemed a nuisance and waste of “productive” time.
Yes, we’ll all be in this together—but this time—in person. And this, my friends, will be the real Rainbow after the Storm.
So… my question. What or whom can you not WAIT to get back to? I promise, I’ll read every answer!
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I'm highly interested in this position and expressed this to my manager a month ago, asking if I could shadow one of the team members in that position to learn more. My manager stated we would review at our meeting (which is tomorrow). Thoughts?
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Has anyone gone through a vocational evaluation process where they try to determine whether you are underemployed?
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I am 66 years old and work in accounting for a company that owns several residential properties nationwide.
It is a very stressful environment due to my boss being a type AA manager. She is constantly expecting us to read her mind and try and understand what she wants us to do. She does not communicate well. When she is out on vacation we never have any stress. She makes a lot of us feel inept and we can't do our jobs. I have never worked in a department where no one wants to be there (6 of us). I know there are jobs out there I am torn between applying for a new job and staying there but I feel that because of my age I won't get any responses. Any advice?
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Reported sexual harassment and was subjected to intimidation tactics "Without a witness it's he said/she said" and now the cold shoulder because I refused to back down.
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As one can see from the numberous comments, there may be legitimate reasons for the inquiry; From following company nepotism policies to maybe finding "background" or insight into this individual if she isn't precluded from hiring them.
If the latter, did you consider that she was "seeking" your counsel or opinion? That could be viewed a a compliment.
The more important question in my mind is why did this inquiry bother you? Enough so, as to post about it on social media? It may be worth your time to look inward on this topic. I am very serious. Obviously, I don't know you and therefore I don't know your history and experience. You may have been in situations that were unpleasant and left you feeling victimized? I am giving you the benefit of the doubt .... but only you can honestly answer that question.
What I do know is this is a sensitive subject for you and it is worth examining further for your own well being and growth. Consider this, even if this inquiry was motivated from some racial agenda, you will never change that by complaining to HR. If this situation was clearly racist or discrimatory you would "know it". Your position isn't being threatened by this recruiter. But how you handle could be. I am NOT suggesting that you sit down and shut up either.
In the future, I recommend when you have an emotional reaction to a situation you examine your response 1st, that you extend graces to the other people involved and assume the best possible intentions. There is absolutely no reason why you couldn't have asked the recruiter to explain her reason for asking this question. It could have been an "opportunity" for you to educate the recruiter. This might have been resolved right then.
One caution I will offer. We all tend to seek out those individuals that will support our point of view whether that be friends, family or even other co-workers. Be careful because these people will rarely be unbiased, after all they are YOUR friends, family and co-workers, and therefore cannot necessarily provide honest or accurate feedback.
I recommend in these type of situations professional guidance is a wise move. They will help you problem solve through the process and better prepare you for the future, whether that means understanding that all ppl are capable of making unintended gifts when it comes to race and culture or that this is a serious in fraction that needs reported.
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While in extensive interview rounds for two other companies, I was surprised by another opportunity this week.
I took the meeting as I need a job and wanted to give myself options but the more I spoke to HR, I could envision myself at the company.
This is the throwing me for a loop as although it's technically in the same industry, it's not an avenue I would have explored otherwise. The other companies are more aligned where I thought my career was headed but this surprising twist is making me reconsider my options.
I'm a big believer not to get ahead of myself and keep interviewing until receiving an offer but the new company is moving faster than the others. All three roles that start in January and I'm hoping that one of them leads to an offer but this twist is having me consider a new direction.