The company where I work holds an annual educational conference every year. People from all over the state, including clients, vendors and fellow staff members, attend the conference. Although we have a lot of interaction through email and telephonic communications with many of these people, the annual conference provides a wonderful opportunity to see people, face-to-face, say hello to old friends and colleagues, make new connections and learn about the latest trends, products and/or services in the industry.
Personally, I love to watch the people as they socialize with one another and see the smiles on their faces. I also love to see the different teams/departments of my company gathered at their respective booths, proudly displaying their products/services to our clients (and potential clients), for whom we have worked so hard throughout the year. It is certainly a joyous occasion and I appreciate being part of it.
As I contemplated on the day’s events, I realized that, although technology has afforded us many ways to communicate through mobile devices, social media, email, etc., nothing compares to human (face-to-face) interaction. It is important to remember that we are social beings and it is necessary to maintain that personal connection with others, whether it is for business or personal reasons. By maintaining a personal connection with people, we are able to build relationships on a solid foundation. Furthermore, it is important to remember that attending social gatherings with team members is one of the many ways that a company can boost morale in the workplace.
On a personal note, I would like to share the following verse:
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:18
Let’s remember to be thankful to our Creator for our successes and failures. When we fail or things do not turn out the way we expected, it is best to look at these situations as blessings because they are opportunities for growth.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Q. M. Herrera