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By Victor Hill, CAPP
I’ve been thinking a lot about pants lately.
The pandemic put most of our butts in home offices–and in shorts or pajamas–because who needs pants on a video conference? Then we got vaccinated and, after months of sequestering, we’re mostly safe to travel and revitalize our relationships within the industry.
Except I had to buy a new pair of pants and, honestly, I forgot how necessary they are until I scheduled my first customer visit, post-pandemic. I considered things we take for granted when we regularly share space with colleagues and customers. Here are my takeaways:
- Don’t judge a relationship by a “good, firm handshake” or any other physical contact in this viral reality we’re in. When in doubt, carry a bottle of sanitizer.
- Practice active listening. We have so much to catch up, no matter how many virtual meetings we’ve had. There is more value in the moment and in the same space.
- Ditch the drama. I’ve become a follower of Cy Wakeman and her assertions about workplace drama. Check out her videos and writings before you head back to the office. I’m glad I did.
- Savor the anticipation. My nervous energy isn’t going away any time soon because I cannot wait to see you again. Channel that energy into solidifying your relationships and renewing old acquaintances. We’ll be in the same spaces soon.
Now I just need to find a shirt…
Victor Hill, CAPP, is an account manager at T2 Systems. He previously served as parking and transportation director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.