One photo is worth a thousand words: a short look at pandemic-era connectedness and engagement

We asked readers to send in photos that defined their lives during the pandemic. Here are a few of our favorites.

By Tony Silber      

January 21st marked the first anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in the United States. It’s been an agonizing 12 months since then, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost, economic turmoil, and the regular routines of life upended.

One effect for all of us is increased isolation. But on a daily basis, we’re nevertheless amazed how resilient businesses have proven in the last 12 months. We asked our readers to share one photo that captured their work life during the last 12 months. They didn’t disappoint. Thank you, readers.

Even though far apart physically, the Geben Communication team in Columbus, Ohio, made time for team connection and bonding virtually, says vice president of client strategy Tara Parsell. “As part of our biannual company retreat (Gebtogether) we participated in a fireside chat focused on our house rule—Give More, Grow More,” she says.  

The communications agency iQ 360, with teams in Washington, D.C., New York, California and Hawaii, is no stranger to building a strong remote work culture, reports Senior Account Coordinator Amy Higa. To celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary, employees entered a “MASQOT MADNESS” contest and created characters that represent the company’s past, present and future.

In July, the Danvers, Massachusetts-based hospice care provider Care Dimensions distributed company-branded “In This Together” T-shirts and breakfast sandwiches to all employees in appreciation of their continued commitment to supporting hospice patients and families—and each other during the pandemic—Senior Marketing Communications Specialist Lisa Conti wrote.

The staff of the Denver-based Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) banded together in a food drive for a middle school attended primarily by food insecure Latinos, Corporate Communications Director Gayle Davis told us. “We exceeded our goal and were able to provide three meals to each of 160 families.”

Suzanne Forte, public relations manager at Wellstar Health System, in Marietta, Georgia, offered a simple message. “I am grateful to team members for serving as an essential resource during the pandemic,” she wrote.

Please continue to send photos that reflect your pandemic-era work life. We’ll publish them frequently. Send them to me, tonys@ragan.com