Yesterday I wrote about our plans for today, a day where we'd work out how to be an ethical organisation, owned by all, thinking differently about health and healthcare. Beginning 10am, intense gazes would be exchanged around the room as we began to discuss kindness over capability, amongst other altruisms.
As the clock struck 10 today only a third of us were here. Our lead for the day unwell, one who’s train who stood still, one (myself) failing to board with a ticket, and another, held up by a train fatality.
How does one keep a business running when core staff in a small business are ill, when people make honest, but silly, mistakes, and when the horrors of commuting life hit home?
Do we need hierarchy to keep people in line and fearful and plodding into work ill, fearful enough to not mistakes with train tickets or to get an earlier train?
Or do we have to trust in each other's kindness that we meant well, and laugh at the irony that on the day we discuss workplace flexibility, 4 out of 6 us weren't in the office at the time we said we would be?