Leaders in the culture change movement call this a misnomer, a contradiction, something that can’t be. What is really meant is physical distancing. For the sake of protecting each other, we distance. However, we don’t want to distance socially plus that is the very thing that is hurting people.
So, if you agree, join me to change the lingo to physical distancing and do all we can do to create more and more desperately needed social engagement and social connectedness.
My heart goes out to all of you serving others during a pandemic. You have stresses you’ve never had before. And not only you but your teammates, residents, and their families, every one of us really. And not only in your home but throughout the entire world… It is staggering to think about and hard to fathom. None of us have done this before and none of us is an expert. We are, however, always stronger together.
Wherever your home is at the moment I propose we intentionally work to turn the so-called social distancing, physical distancing rather, into actually the opposite – social connectedness. So I begin there. And before I share my ideas I invite you to think, brainstorm and have fun doing so. What if your boss gave you this task/job/opportunity… to flip the script as they say. To create more social engagement and connectedness at this time. What would you do? I give you the joy of thinking about it first.
Carmen Bowman, MHS, of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change is an activities/engagement consultant and culture change expert. New or not-yet-qualified activity director consultationand psychosocial wellbeing consulting for the whole team. As a Regulator turned Educator, Carmen also provides “be your own surveyor” training. Training videos now available on https://www.patreon.com/educatering