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Cut your co-workers, and yourself, some slack

👥 Today’s tip: Ditch “professionalism” in a time of emotional turmoil.

When the world is in crisis, it can be all too easy to treat the workplace as its own bubble, separate from everything that’s roiling outside.

Resist that urge. Remember that we are all humans. As Shenequa Golding wrote recently on Medium, when your colleagues are in pain, don’t ask them about that deliverable due today.

“I don’t know who decided that being professional was loosely defined as being divorced of total humanity,” she wrote. “but whoever did they’ve aided, unintentionally maybe, in a unique form of suffocation.”

If you do nothing else at work today, make it clear to your coworkers that they don’t have to put their grief on hold for your Zoom meeting.

📚 More from Forge on creating a more humane workplace:

Now Is Not the Time to Obsess About Productivity

Don’t Be an Ally, Be an Accomplice

You Are Not ‘Working From Home’ — You’re At Home, During a Crisis, Trying to Work

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