When the pandemic first rocked the world and sent millions of people into quarantine, many of us went into survival mode, turning inward as our personal and professional lives merged. The transition was abrupt and uncomfortable: we struggled to schedule conference calls and deadlines around our spouses’ Zoom calls, our children’s virtual school, or our dogs’ incessant barking.
Today, more than 60 percent of United States employees are still working from home, and many companies are planning to make remote work permanent, at least on some scale. As we pass the six-month work-from-home checkpoint, it’s easy to continue prioritizing self-preservation, especially as the effects of the pandemic, social unrest, and the presidential election echo in our hearts and minds. Isolation has started to feel normal, and many of us are tempted to focus only on ourselves in order to survive, especially at work. But if we want to discover the path to success and fulfillment, we must realize one of the most valuable lessons the pandemic has taught us: the value of our communities.
As Christians, there is no distinction between our spiritual lives and our work lives. Because we were designed and created to work in community, our lives are richest when we follow Christ’s example and serve each other beyond self-preservation. If each individual member of a team focuses solely on their own obligations, isolation increases, and the team itself is unsuccessful. In a virtual environment, building community by putting your teammates first is critical for long-term team effectiveness and personal satisfaction.
We know how this year has been incredibly difficult for everyone – but we urge you, for the sake of your team and your own fulfillment, to look in, look up, and step out. In a community and on a team, either everyone wins, or no one does.
First, look in. Examine your motivation, and understand what drives the actions you take every day. At work, do you purely look out for yourself? If each member of the team is carrying their own load – and only their own load – no one is keeping an eye out for others who may be struggling. No one is seeking out new opportunities or changes in direction, which is detrimental to the success of the whole team. Serving on a team requires sacrifice. Ask yourself if you’re exemplifying stewardship and unselfishness at work.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Russ Sarratt and Rusty Chadwick