This is going to be a week. Here’s your reminder to have a post-election coping plan, a personal itinerary to help you get through the chaos. Mine will include driveway debriefings with neighbors, Christmas music (yes, it’s time), and a good, strategic cry, no matter the outcome.
If you’re part of a company, it’s not only important to focus on self-care, but also team-care. Activist and entrepreneur Michelle Kim writes on Medium that leaders can and should address the election in the workplace by reprioritizing tasks, encouraging team members to form support groups, and guiding conversations about the tensions that people might be experiencing.
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She offers these questions to ask your team members:
What feelings are coming up for you and how are you moving through them?
What does support from your team/manager look like for you this week?
What actions can we commit to to prioritize our self-care and team-care this week?
Even if you’re not a manager, now is a good time to check in with the people you work with. If a colleague is struggling, ask them what you can take off their plate. The steps we take to create spaciousness for each other this week can affect how we all show up in the workplace. As Kim writes, “What is political is personal and therefore professional.”