Parking & Mobility, July 2021

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Pants, Post-pandemic By Victor Hill, CAPP

I’ve been thinking a lot about pants lately. The pandemic put most of our butts in home offices– and in shorts or pajamas–because who needs pants on a video conference? Then we got vaccinated and, after months of sequestering, we’re mostly safe to travel and revitalize our relationships within the industry. Except I had to buy a new pair of pants and, honestly, I forgot how necessary they are until I scheduled my first customer visit, post-pandemic. I considered things we take for granted when we regularly share space with colleagues and customers. Here are my takeaways: Don’t judge a relationship by a “good, firm handshake” or any other physical contact in this viral reality

we’re in. When in doubt, carry a bottle of sanitizer. Practice active listening. We have so much to catch up, no matter how many virtual meetings we’ve had. There is more value in the moment and in the same space. Ditch the drama. I’ve become a follower of Cy Wakeman and her assertions about workplace drama. Check out her videos and writings before you head back to the office. I’m glad I did. Savor the anticipation. My nervous energy isn’t going away any time soon because I cannot wait to see you again. Channel that energy into solidifying your relationships and renewing old acquaintances. We’ll be in the same spaces soon. Now I just need to find a shirt…

VICTOR HILL, CAPP, is an account manager at T2 Systems. He previously served as parking and transportation

director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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