When we are at our most fragile, we notice when someone extends a helping hand. The friend who brought food when you were sick. Or the person who watched the kids. Or the relative who cleaned up your house. We remember these kindnesses.
There are times in our careers when we are at our most fragile as well. We may feel fragile after getting laid off, fired, or demoted. For many people, it does not feel good to lose your team and become a sole contributor again. We tend to not feel at our best after a confrontation with a co-worker or criticism from a boss. We may feel lost if the organization we work for closes or consolidates or outsources our work. Some of us are not ready to retire, but we have to. Not only are we at our most fragile when these things happen, but there is also very little support for us when they do occur. No one lends a helping hand.
How can your association help members when they are at their most fragile?
Do you have content, resources, networks, consultants, processes or other mechanisms for helping members when they hit those inevitable low spots in their career? Members who are at their most fragile will remember all the kindnesses shared during this time.