There was an article in my local newspaper recently about some of the challenges that are being experienced, and that will be experienced in the future, as local workforces return from isolation at home.
The Global Pandemic we’ve been talking about on our stations these past months has changed a lot of things. One of the most noticeable has been a cataclysmic change in the way we interact socially. It’s made many feel apprehensive about hugging someone, shaking hands, or even being within six feet of another person. Although it’s easier to find toilet paper in our grocery stores these days, life isn’t the normal we had back in February.
The article talked about how the workplace is going to be different and had a lot of thoughts and predictions. As I read it, I hoped not all of those predictions would come true. However, there was one thought that I will be happy to welcome into the workplace. It’s also something I hope we can promote on our radio platforms. It’s the concept of extending copious grace.
Because not every worker is in the same place emotionally, some have dreaded the thought of returning to work. Maybe you’ve seen this with some of your co-workers. I was ready to come back the day after I began “living at work” – but not everyone is like me.
When you work for an organization that promotes Christian beliefs, most of which center around trusting God, it’s a little strange to have what seems like a complete lack of trust showing up with your co-laborers. This is where you and I get to begin showing grace. Those men and women struggling with being around others after months of relative isolation need to be shown great grace. They are dealing with feelings and reactions they probably don’t understand. I suspect they need something more transformational coming from our mouths than “hey, just trust God.”
So, this is where we all get to receive and show grace. In this ‘new normal,’ patience and understanding must walk hand and hand with getting the job done at our stations.
God is giving you and me the opportunity to model a higher level of care for others than we ever have. And, that’s a good thing because those we speak with on the radio, and in the cubicle next to us, need it.
Sr. Director of Donor Engagement, KSBJ