Navigating your social calendar and networking functions in the lead up to Christmas can be fun filled, but it can also prove challenging. You want to arrive at the 25th feeling well and in a space to enjoy the Christmas New Year period.
For many of us, the work year ends over the next week and we can focus on a well-earned break. A time to reflect on the year that was, to restore our mojos, to re-energise our minds and bodies and connect with those who are important to us.
Our social dimension of wellness relates to our connection and relationships with others; our families, friends, colleagues and communities. 2020 has been a rollercoaster year and it’s important to be connected at this time. What we are hearing is that people are missing connection. Travel restrictions could mean some are unable to connect in person with those who are important to them. Others in your team may be inwardly feeling lonely, with an empty diary craving connection. On the flip side, there’s those who are feeling overwhelmed. Trying to balance social engagements, family and other networking commitments while craving time out on their own – everyone’s situation is unique.
Celebrating the ‘end of the work year’ is an important opportunity to help your people feel connected and valued and helps create a sense of belonging at work. It is also an opportunity to thank everyone for a job well done especially in working through the COVID environment.
There are so many learnings, rich experiences and positives from 2020 that help build our resilience, hopefully making us a better person along the way.