STAYING EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED TOGETHER APART

As we come to grips that social distancing has become integral to our daily lives, staying emotionally connected together apart has been challenging. We have had to pivot our lifestyles, and most of us have had to learn to work remotely from our homes. We have had to adjust our home office spaces, reorganize our schedules, and try our best to remain productive and focused on our job at hand. Staying home and safe has come at a cost. Many of us feel disheartened and lonely without the regular socializing and impromptu water cooler talk that we used to have at serendipitous moments when we were in the office. In this keynote, we will cover how to use emotional intelligence to stay emotionally connected, continuing to build meaningful connections, remain motivated and inspired, and collaborate and innovate with colleagues even though we are physically apart.
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OVERVIEW OF KEYNOTE

Technology in 2020 has made it easy to interact with another real person – at a click of a button, but staying emotionally connected together apart can be hard. Even if you are using the latest apps and tools to communicate with your teams, such as Zoom, Slack, MS Teams, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Webex, or Skype for Business, you might still be missing the mark when it comes to genuine human connection through cyberspace.

Emotional intelligence, at its core, is connecting your head with your heart and the heart of others. And although we now have various techie-tools to communicate and stay connected with the latest updates from our coworkers, managers, and clients, we still need to put in the time to communicate at a heart-level with those same people.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”

John Lennon

Remember, before we are an employee, we are human first. And each of us has experienced a lot of stress and extreme uncertainty since March 2020. Tapping into how you are feeling throughout the day and conducting regular check-ins with your colleagues is essential. It provides a safe place for your team to express their coronavirus-related fears and stressors, and have a candid conversation about what is going on right now. It’s hard for people to focus on work when they are concerned about their physical health and safety.

Studies show that our mental health has and is worsening since COVID-19, and we need to provide the support for our employees to share their feelings, so they can move past it and focus on the results we need them to.

In this keynote, Staying Emotionally Connected Together Apart, we will cover why emotional intelligence is the answer. We will explain how EI creates deep connections with others and provide some best practices to follow to remain together apart.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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IDENTIFY

The challenges working remotely has caused. 

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DISCUSS

The impacts remote work has had on emotional wellbeing.

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LEARN

How emotional intelligence can form strong and deep connections.

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DISCOVER

Some best practices to follow to stay connected to your colleagues.

 WHY is STAYing EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED TOGETHER APART important?

For many of us, our coworkers are our primary source of daily human interaction. But when COVID-19 hit and disrupted our everyday life, many of us had to work remotely from home, and for some of us, we will continue to do so for the unforeseeable future.

We have all had to pivot our ways of connecting with others as we no longer have the luxury of seeing our colleagues in person every day. It’s critical we give our employees an avenue to discuss their fears and stress in a safe environment so they can have a clearing, and then get on with their productive day without being weighed down by the extreme uncertainty and fear of living life in 2020.

We need to create best practices of new ways to socialize and connect to reintroduce some normalcy into their everyday work lives. Whether that be recreating morning virtual coffee breaks, with injecting some humour and levity into their day. Or it could be encouraging some friendly competitions like trivia games, or hosting virtual happy hours after work. It’s vital that we help each other stay calm, happy and healthy. Staying Emotionally Connected Together Apart is about connecting to how your staff is feeling is critical, and this cannot be achieved without emotional intelligence – connecting your head with your heart and the heart of others.