How Alleon is “Social Distancing”

As someone who grew up with acute asthma, I made one too many trips to the ER. I also have a young son who inherited my asthma. I am not taking any chances, minimizing our interactions, staying close to home, and paying close attention to our health.  However, the word “social” really trips me up.  Look, I realize it is semantics, and physical distance is paramount. But, now more than ever is not the time to be distant from each other – instead let’s reimagine what it may look like.

"Let's be resolved to connect even more as we manage through what the new normal may look like."

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"I am still reminded almost daily that a simple phone call can minimize an endless, sometimes misconstrued email."

Over the last ten years, I have had the space to move between remote and office work. Those who know me understand I am a social creature. Working shoulder to shoulder, jumping up to a dry erase board, or walking down the hall to run something by someone, all are a typical day for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my home office these days, but the thought of weeks on end has me a bit anxious.

 

In order to mitigate some of those anxious thoughts, I am reminded that my daily routine is even more important – here are a few of them that I have fallen into over the years:

    • My daily cup of coffee on the back deck (even if a few minutes before the kids awake)
    • Shower & dressed by the time I get to the desk (yes, sometimes shorts, but not PJ’s)
    • Lunch away from the office – don’t break this rule
    • A quick walk for fresh air
    • Boundaries at the “end” of the day to disconnect (OK, this is hard)
     
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Each of our team members at Alleon Group has variations on the above routine.  But we are all going to be a bit more intentional on the following:

    • A few more video calls (see, I do have to shower!)
    • More calls versus emails*
    • Using Teams with clients to collaborate
    • Closely monitor how and when we watch the news
    • Make a few more personal calls during the day, just to check in with those that may not have opportunities to connect
     

* This works both ways – sometimes a simple email will do the trick.  However, I am still reminded almost daily that a simple phone call can minimize an endless, sometimes misconstrued email.

Let’s be resolved to connect even more as we manage through what the new normal may look like.  I will make a few more calls today, send a few more texts, and even take a few more minutes to write a hand-written note.  Let’s all be diligent with our physical space, but also about how about we connect.  Don’t be surprised if a team member from Alleon gives you a call, just to check-in.

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Courtney Allen
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