I tend to write less when I feel overwhelmed. I try to disconnect.
But then I saw the responses to my last email. One said, “Thank you for this; it feels like the first time I can breathe.” Another shared that, “Sending out that message about HR people giving themselves a little grace is exactly what I needed to hear.”
If those messages and these last few weeks have taught me anything, it’s that I cannot disconnect. We can’t disconnect from each other. In this time, leaders have to create and contribute because one piece of content could change everything for someone.
Because the only thing that will fill a vacuum of silence is fear.
“They say you reap what you sow and if that’s true it is impossible for me to lack because I have sowed endless hours of creation. Opening doors. Giving people contracts. Opportunities they could never even buy. I’m not normally boastful but I will boast in that — because hell or high water that’s the one thing I could always control: how much I give.” - Mike Kim
I boast in giving, too. He’s right, after all. It is the one thing we can control.
So, next week I’m going to release a free healthcare job post.
You can’t pay me for it. I won’t let you.
It’s totally free, and I’m doing this to try to simply show up and contribute.
Most of us are quarantined. Let’s help each other.
PS To all the HR teams still holding down the fort from their living rooms and offices, I appreciate you. I’m proud of you. You’re doing great. I know you’re the one behind the scenes writing messages, answering hard questions, and doing the research to help folks during a whirlwind of chaos. I’m cheering you on.