Ways to support your coworkers during the pandemic
People helping people is something that Jobcase is very passionate about, and out in the world NOW more than ever it’s important to show kindness, compassion, and empathy to those who are facing difficult times. This includes your co-workers! Here are some ways to show you are there for them.
Social distancing has drastically removed our daily in-person interactions. Perhaps you’re missing that midmorning chat or lunches together that allowed you to connect in the office break room. Staying connected with others is SO important, especially during a pandemic because it can be isolating and make you feel very down. Friendships and connections can boost your mental and physical health and can even fend off sickness.
So while you can’t have lunch together consider reaching out to them via social media, email or send them a text or give them a call. Ask your co-workers how they are doing and handling all of these big changes. Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment to chat about non-work related things and just share what you are going through!
Here are some other great ideas to help you connect:
- Organize a virtual coffee break
Informal, personal conversations are a big part of team morale and relationship building! Arrange a small-time block during your week to set up a video chat where you can stay connected and catch up on the latest happenings.
- Create a group chat
Slack, Zoom, Google Hangouts and WhatsApp are great, free messaging apps to utilize! Set up a group chat where you can keep each other motivated and provide moral support when needed.
- Share resources
Find a great resource for online learning? A reputable source for health-related information? Or maybe you FINALLY found some Charmin in your local store… whatever it may be, share the (knowledge) wealth!
- Get moving
Exercise is one way to help lower stress and get yourself and others up and out of that office chair or off the living room couch. Plan a midafternoon walk or workout with a co-worker or two. Give them a call while you are walking and share what you have been up to lately and ask them how they are! They will appreciate the support.
How members on Jobcase are staying connected:
Eileen Sanzone said she, “Called to tell [coworkers] where to get toilet paper & provided other resources - how to Zoom, food banks etc.”
Small Acts of Kindness
- Send a note
Whether it’s handwritten or virtual is up to you! But, sending a quick reminder that you’re thinking of them can go a long way if someone is having a difficult time!
- Buy them a coffee/tea/snack
Unfortunately, many people are unable to do this in person due to social distancing rules, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen! Send them a small virtual gift card from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or another coffee shop in your area.
- Extend a helping hand
Everyone’s schedules got turned upside down because of COVID. If you see that your coworker has a busier than usual day, offer to help them pick up the pieces they can’t get to!
How members on Jobcase are showing small acts of kindness:
Bobby McNeely shared that, “A couple of weeks ago, I decided to smoke a brisket and several racks of Ribs and share with my co-workers and friends. I called each of them to let them know I was on the way with a tasty delivery. We did it with an abundance of caution.” -
Marvin Jones said that, “Once they heard about the upcoming deadly virus affecting older people that immune system weren’t strong enough. Because of that, staff was short so I would stay later and work longer hours to get what was needed to be done for the day, done.”
Thomas Souza says he is, "Helping elderly get their groceries and building decks and fixing other things for friends and family."
No matter what you’re facing at work it’s important to stick together. Chances are your coworkers are facing similar struggles as yourself. Sometimes a simple “I know how you feel” can make someone’s day. Be a listening ear and share your thoughts as well. Remember that there is strength in numbers and it’s important to stick together through these tough times.
How members on Jobcase are sticking together:
Gail Krol shared that, “We have helped each other lots of times, trying to file unemployment was not easy. It was very stressful, but with all off all texting and calling each other made it so much better. I realy respect most of the people I work with. I think we are such a great team.”
How are YOU supporting your co-workers?
Being a humanitarian, very much people oriented it is humbling adding kind gestures, deeds and thoughts for in my deepest realms of though processing; I feel we are each related sisterhood and brotherhood. I feel I have never met a stranger.
Thank you Ashley for your kind compliment.
Norma D. Lindo Beginning all communications to bring humane awareness - we each do need each other; and sharing acts of kindness to all.
Exhibit kindness when communicating the vulnerability of each, no matter what the happenings of life variety levels maybe-a light shines on events personally, globally, communities based, whether affecting a few, some or many of us - life altering circumstances are traumatic and can be a long term devastation to a few, some or many of our lives and futures.
The dynamics of causality and affects can for the most part be quite overbearing to say the least, as I reflect and note the famous quotation.....
‘No man is an island, no man stands alone each man’s joy is joy to me, each man’s grief is my own. We need one another therefore, I should defend each man as my brother, each man as my friend’.
It is a perfect and fitting example of the way, we each should care for each other. We all are travelers journeying through this world.
We should build the best of each other, for unity of all, strength and empowerment of us as human beings.
I definitely leave any problems of my private life at home.Good morning always for my coworkers and good humor in tough times. I like to see us pull together,it is surprising how strong we are. I do overtime when needed to lighten the burden as much as I can. Stay strong and healthy,Ford
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