OPINION: Work is a space not a place and self care is a must do

OPINION: Work is a space not a place and self care is a must do

Sanda Ojiambo was appointed as Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative in May last year.

The UN agency said she is the second woman to be appointed to the role, having taken over from Lise Kingo of Denmark.

At the time she was appointed, Sanda was the Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact at Safaricom, a role she had served in since 2010.

She recently shared her experience in terms of transitioning from working in Kenya to the United States:

“Six months ago to the day, I arrived in New York City, my duty station for my (then) new role.

It was September 17-18, 2020, and I had left my home country Kenya after the lifting of an international travel ban that had been in place for three or four months.

The trip from Nairobi to New York remains extremely vivid: there was a distinct sense of trepidation among the small group of travelers, and very little could have prepared me for the full realities of life with the Covid restrictions that were in place New York City.

In six months of working from home, I have internalised that :

1. Work is a space not a place
2. Self care is a must do
3. It is possible to make do with a lot less
4. It is never too late to learn new skills
5. Mind over matter is a powerful ethos
6. Human connection is priceless

I am grateful for a safe and healthy transition and use this moment to reflect deeply on lives impacted and lives lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In six months the New York seasons have changed from fall to winter and I now see glimmers of spring.

It is my hope that this moment forward will bring equitable access to vaccines, more opportunities for economic regeneration and well being for all.”  

The above article was first published on Sanda Ojiambo’s LinkedIn profile

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