When we describe something as being very ‘corporate’ the last thing we think of is human kindness. However those of us who work in the corporate world know all too well that corporate business is really all about people. Robots haven’t taken over yet!
Sometimes in the office we can feel negative towards or just disconnected from the people around us. We are busy doing our job; those around us are busy with their jobs. It can be easy to forget that we are all complex, diverse, multi dimensional, amazing people. No person can be otherwise because all human beings have had a kaleidoscope of varied experiences. What I do sometimes to nurture the human connection is actively find things to appreciate about others. All it takes is to look at them with fresh eyes and acknowledging something about them that I like… even if overall they are not my cup of tea!
I may see the guy who is annoyingly loud, and notice that he is usually very upbeat and positive too.
I may notice the lovely gentle energy of the quite guy who seems almost invisible in the office hustle and bustle.
I may see someone light up when she talks about her kids, or find out that she loves architecture & thinks London is the best place in the world to live.
There is a lot of ‘blending in’ in the office, look how much grey, navy and white is worn!. Yet when we get curious we can start to see people’s uniqueness. We are so much more than our job titles, how well we do our job or where we are in the corporation’s hierarchy. When we broaden our view, maybe taking 30 seconds to notice someone or to engage in conversation at the water machine, seeing more dimensions of our colleagues then we start to enjoy more things about them. They don’t have to be our new bestie but they don’t need to be invisible or an annoyance.
How would your week be different if you set yourself a task to look at three colleagues with fresh eyes? Find something to appreciate in them that you haven’t seen or realized before. Be open and curious to whatever that may be. Maybe you will share something about yourself too that is totally unrelated to work. As you open more to others know that you are opening up to more generosity of spirit within yourself too. You are instigating more human connection, and after all corporations are really all about the people.