Even as we continue physically distancing and working remotely, the human need for connection and community, remains strong.  The need to be heard, to feel seen and included, is as important as ever.  

Today, in our new paradigm, we work and engage from our diverse home environments where we also manage children, attend to elders, deal with sickness, death, loss, stopped up toilets and untold fears and worries.  Each person’s situation is unique.  We’re dealing with new levels of complexity across diverse cultural and personal circumstances.  

So, be fully present and consciously connect during meetings and social interaction.  Intentionally honor and accept, not judging, the diversity of experiences you encounter as you virtually enter others’ homes.  Practice inclusion by making space for quiet team members to speak, offering support with tasks, and, sometimes, showing patience and compassion.