The Business End
In the business world, ethics is of tremendous value. But one thing in ethics inside the business world is the lack of humanity. Not the decency of humanity, but the fallibilities of humanity. Competition in a capital society suggests that its business and nothing personal. But how do people turn on and turn off that switch so easily? At some point or another, business is personal. It’s inevitable. But as we practice business ethics, it becomes easier to strip away that layer of empathy or sympathy when someone gets fired or laid off. Or at least, that’s what we’re supposed to do.
But here we are working from home. Playing by a different set of rules. Ethics plays a role as a mask, but the home is sanctuary to our humanity. It is the place where we can be relaxed and human and experience humanity without competing with our families. A place where we are accepted with our weaknesses without judgment. This is of course, if you live alone or with people that accept you for you.
But you get the point, don’t you? Where you are (or where you should be) most comfortable is now a place of ethics and professionalism, to a point. But being at work and at home at the same time brings out that competitive edge. It brings out the 3 strikes and your out mentality. And this causes an influx of domestic cancel culture. And we get to the point where loved ones don’t perform the way they should and they get put on poor performance sheet. And if their performance does not enhance to our desired liking, it’s “bye Felicia”.
Home is a place that is supposed to be where you can relax, reflect on things that need improvement and do what you love. It should not be a competitive battleground. The home should be base and safe. Otherwise, your mental health will be at risk. And for working at home, it is difficult to switch that corporate mentality off. But it would be great if it was an easy task.
Nevertheless, switching from work mode to home mode, mentally is a task in itself, but necessary. Much like switching between any tasks, mental preparation is needed for success of completing those tasks. Otherwise, you’re not fully mentally self-applied to the task at hand. Multi-tasking doesn’t exist. It’s a myth. The task at hand requires needs your mind, heart and soul. Even if it is a tedious task. No task is to small or pointless to be fully present and mindful.
I find the value in this article to be extremely useful for people with mental health concerns. For myself, I struggle dealing with being present in the moment and it is perplexing feat. Major depressive disorder coupled with anxiety, with a pinch of the occasional, but random conversion disorder; it’s terrifying to do anything because it comes out of nowhere. Medical doctors and therapists as of the past couple years have yet to help me with it due to the pandemic, so I have to do the best I can on my own with techniques that are known to work and are available in posts like this. And in by doing so, I hope to help others muscle through it as well.
The Home Front
We’ve arrived at a mass production of vaccines for COVID-19 but many are reluctant to receive the vaccine. For the many, there are just not enough studies for their peace of mind. Yet, the call to reopen the economy is getting louder and louder. So much so that relationships are being dismantled for mere difference of belief and opinion. It’s hard not to understand the risks involved either way. And as time goes on, it becomes more pressing to find solutions. And whether we admit it to ourselves and adapt or not depends greatly on our leadership; not only from our representatives but also the home front. The heads of the households. The homeowners in our communities. The speakers and doers at large that communities look to for guidance. Rest assured, we will meet these risks head on. Hopefully with the right tools and resources to navigate these times as safely and with due diligence as humanly possible.
Be accountable. Be responsible. Be safe.