10 Apr Connect with a “Check-In” at Work and at Home in Uncertain Times.
How can practicing the skill of “Check-In” help us in this challenging time? Connecting well with those we spend time with at work is crucial. This allows us to recognize emotions and react in a manner that is kind and helpful. A Kaiser family foundation survey last week showed that 62 percent of those surveyed felt the current crisis is negatively affecting their mental health. In addition, a recent article, “The Surprising Power of Simply Asking Coworkers How They’re Doing,” by Karyn Twaronite*, addressed the “Art of Check-In” to help build relationships at work. Connecting well with those we spend time with at work is crucial. A simple moment to check-in involves asking co-workers, “Is there anything that might keep you from being totally present for the work at hand today?” This can be done with groups as small as two or with larger teams. The goal is not to solve problems, but to allow each individual and team to focus on the present and the crucial tasks at hand. A brief moment to focus can improve teamwork, improve safety, and prevent errors.
Many people are now working from home – or staying at home with family members – during these uncertain times as we battle the Coronavirus. “Check-In” at home each morning can also provide a moment for all to identify issues that might distract or stress them and prevent them from being present for their family members. Staying in the present is one of the very best solutions for reducing anxiety about the unpredictable future. By checking in, being present, listening and showing compassion and caring, we can all help those around us to process and get through these challenging times together.
Here’s a practice to help you do that: