There is a fundamental sense of purpose that binds us together as part of the Johnson & Johnson family and is one that is driven by Our Credo. Long before corporate citizenship became a business imperative, we had drafted a set of values that guide our decision making and the way we work. The reason I refer to this is because I am a firm believer that for resilience to exist, let alone prevail, there needs to be a sense of purpose that we are passionate about, driven towards and unified by.
Overnight, our lives have changed. It is easy to say that the past few months have presented us with more challenges than ever before. Balancing the needs of our families, our teams, our customers and our own health hasn’t been easy. Like many others, my small family was incomplete during the last couple of months with my husband being stuck abroad unable to return to the UAE because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Looking after my family at home, and my family at work, remotely was no easy feat.
That to me is what ignites encouragement in myself and others around me. Like in one’s personal life, if a little passion exists, hope, productivity, energy and rigor will persist. As social beings, the separation intended to safeguard our physical health has serious impact on our mental health. But what has inspired me to keep going, sanely for that matter is the courage I saw in each of my colleagues, my mentors and mentees, those working from home, on site or in the field to make things work, keep us connected and focused on serving those who depend on us.
The creativity in leveraging technology not only to stay connected for work, but also recreate the social experiences at the workplace was immeasurable. In the short time of the lockdown, I was able to connect with more individuals from the organization on a personal and meaningful level than I did in the last year entirely. From morning coffees, fitness and meditation classes and knowledge sharing sessions, to our very own series of late night entertainment homemade live shows: ’The Lockdown’ and ‘Kids got Talent’, we were invited to each other’s homes, and allowed ourselves to show a new depth of vulnerability that not only humanized all of us, but made us bond stronger.