I am compelled to post something briefly here because I’m stunned by the events of this week. Stunned by the attacks in Boston and the images we’re being bombarded with on the news. Stunned with how simple the device seems to have been. Stunned by the ricin laced letters being discovered.
But it suddenly dawned on me that I’m stunned by something else too. No one is talking about it in my office. No memos have been sent, no resources are being provided. There’s been no acknowledgement that this environment might be unsettling to people.
Speaking for myself, I’ve been very anxious since Monday. After the bombings I went to the gym to run off the jittery-ness, but also because I didn’t want to get on the metro immediately. I’ve since become very aware of every trash can I pass. Maybe my feelings are stronger because I have a personal connection to Boston, having gone to college there. Maybe I’m just naturally a little more anxious than the next person. But I also have to assume I’m not the only one that feels this way.
I’ve seen multiple stories about how we need to talk to children about these events to help them cope with the feelings of anxiety and fear. That the open discussions help them feel safe when, really, there is an element of the unknown with regards to what is unfolding. So why aren’t we, in our workplaces, being encouraged to do the same thing?
Is it different in your office? Do you feel safe at work? On your commute?
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