For many of us over the last 12 months, our home has also become our workplace. Our work interaction has been 2-dimensional through the computer screen as opposed to the 3-dimensional experiences we’re used to with co-workers and customers.
We are all motivated in our own unique ways. Some are money-motivated. Some are personally motivated to do a great job. Some are motivated by incentives or accountability measures.
But when COVID hit, we lost one big motivational factor – that is a more personal human touch and interaction with those that we work for and work with on a daily basis.
We are in the process of getting that motivational factor back. We’ve gone from no remote to fully remote; now we’re moving toward the hybrid model or maybe even back to some semblance of an in-person model over the next few months. And whereas there are challenges with that change, one of the big benefits of this movement is that we regain some of our lost motivation. For some of us, the informal and formal interaction, the human touch, the encounters with folks in a 3-dimensional kind of personal way is a motivating factor.
It’s one thing to have those ZOOM calls; it’s one thing to have those e-mails and texts and phone calls going back and forth. But for many of us, it’s a better thing to be with other people. It’s a better thing to form relationships with others. It’s easier to feel a part of something, and not so isolated from everything. It’s easier to be motivated instead of having to constantly motivate ourselves. And for many of us, that motivation comes from being with other people, even if what we’re doing is the business aspect of life.
I know there will be a lot of challenges as we transition back into more in-person activities. But also realize that the challenges we’ll face will also come with the joys of getting back in touch with co-workers and customers alike.
Regain your lost motivation.