It’s physical distancing…
Not social distancing!
As we all tackle the challenge of Covid 19, one message is being reminded to us all, and daily…”Social Distancing”.
Is this actually correct?
Social distancing is the very reverse of what we need right now. Physical distancing is the reality. During challenging times the need for communication becomes ever more important. People seeking information…answers…help…advice and guidance.
While the message may not always be dramatically different, the government now holds a daily briefing late afternoon.
Communication is vital in so many ways. Right now, it helps to reassure, to answer questions, and to give direction on what we do.
Remote working is similar to relatives (and particularly elder ones), who are not getting the more regular contact that they are both used to but that also that helps to provide the stimulus to engage the mind…be that either for health benefits or as working collaboratively within a team.
Communication brings people together, closer to each other. In our current lock down, it may not allow for the dynamics of “face to face” with all the use of body language, but tone and intonation can make up for that.
Full and effective communication is an important tool in the hands of management of any organisation to bring about overall change in the organisational policies, procedures and work style and make the staff to accept and respond positively. Ever more so, during the current lockdown.
Its only in the current climate, do we recognise the importance of teams and the dynamics of the workplace.
Staff at all levels exchange their ideas, thoughts and perceptions with each other through communication. This helps them to understand each other better. They realize the difficulties faced by their colleagues within the workplace. This leads to promotion of good human relations in the organisation. In enlightened organisations, communication also encourages the flow of ideas between all.
Ultimately, families, friends and relations, work colleagues and business, will all benefit the most where attempts to keep lines of communication open the most are operating all of the time.
Make sure you keep your “social communication” high!
“Communication works for those that work at it”