The need for recognition…

If there were ever any question that all people, regardless of demographics and circumstances, all share a need for some kind of recognition of a job well done or task completed, the posts we’ve seen online lately solidify the answer. When people spend time together, either in a work setting or personally, they are generally aware of large milestones in each other’s lives. It is hard to hide from everyone you know that you are getting ready to sit for the bar exam, earn a new certification, get a new job, or complete your doctorate as you defend your dissertation. There is a natural recognition that arises from that proximity.

Enter COVID-19, remote work, and distance learning…

As many of us are removed from our previously normal interactions- even those who are back at an office or in a more formal work setting talk about how differently the day unfolds- we continue with our accomplishments. There seems to have been a remarkable uptick in the number of people I have seen posting on social media about matriculating through a doctoral program, defending their dissertation, or earning a new type of certification. For many, these milestones are normally recognized through formal ceremonies or face-to-face events which cannot currently be held. Many of these accomplishments are part of a long-term cycle of work or are multi-year commitments, so they had clearly begun long before the pandemic hit.

This isn’t a post to talk about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs or rather its “generous borrowing” (appropriation) from the Blackfoot people (thanks Ken Shelton for pointing this out). This is a post to say that people wouldn’t be posting if they weren’t proud of their accomplishments and in need of some recognition. Here is the ask: rather than clicking a quick ‘like’ and moving on, take a few moments to comment and re-share to help provide the recognition that these folks deserve.

During this tough and confusing time, we could all use a little more love from our community.