Although 2020 has been challenging and filled with uncertainty, it has also provided us with numerous opportunities for personal growth. One of the most significant discoveries for me was the ability to pause, evaluate and reset with a greater appreciation for the things that we sometimes unintentionally take for granted. After enduring difficult experiences in life, we are often left with a newfound strength that invigorates us. With this feeling of triumph comes a desire to create better habits and try new things while making improvements in the most easily neglected areas of our lives.
We often hear people say, “You must take care of yourself first before you can help others.” This instruction is imperative and has never been more applicable than it is today. I believe this to be essential for the personal and professional success of every individual. Our physical, mental and financial health are vital to our overall wellness.
While the events of this year unfolded and the unexpected series of obstacles became evident, my primary objective as Chief People Officer was to provide every member of the MJ family with assistance in navigating the rough terrain ahead.
Throughout the pandemic, our focus on our associate’s wellbeing only intensified. I’m incredibly thankful we were able to provide a robust library filled with valuable resources, to meet the individual needs of every associate—it proved an advantage as we faced our new reality.
We were reminded of the many hats we wear and the profound impact our mindset and loved ones have on our overall wellbeing, and how vital they are to our happiness. MJ’s culture has remained resilient, which speaks to every associate’s dedication to maintaining our strong connection to one another.
As we look toward the future and strive to be the best version of ourselves, it is critical that we continue to strengthen the resolve that we have cultivated over this past year and leverage the resources that are available to us.
MJ didn’t need a pandemic to put our people and our purpose first, but it proved a valuable test of our determination. I’m pleased to say it’s a test we have passed. We will continue to ask every associate to identify critical areas of stress, collect feedback, allowing us to pivot and promote new programs as necessary.
Wellbeing remains a moving target, but I’m certain we’re heading into 2021 ahead of the game. And I’m confident our exceptional MJ experience continues to endure, whether working in the office or from home.