What is the new normal?
Isn’t it interesting how quickly we as human beings can adapt and adopt to a completely new way of life? Work from home and speak to your colleagues 12 times a day on a video call? No problem. Set your kitchen up into the world’s best home office, complete with oven, kettle, and microwave for quick lunches? Easy work.
We are now around a month into lockdown and the world as we know it has been changed, forever. So how is everyone getting on with the new normality we can now call a working week?
We’re still nowhere near the stage of even beginning to predict what work, life, and the economy (to say the very least) is going to look like after this. But as terrible as this situation is, there have definitely been a few things everyone can take on board and use for a more efficient way of working in the future.
Video calls over face to face meetings?
There is nothing more valuable than meeting anyone face to face, in and out of work. But out of pure necessity, video calls have had to take over. Are they as effective as a face to face meeting? They’re very good, but hard to compare. But do they provide a time-efficient solution to all of those meetings where your commute is longer than the meeting itself? Most definitely. We’ve all had an occasion (or seven) where we’re sitting in a meeting that easily could have been a video call, phone call, or even an email. A meeting about a meeting? Well, we’d like to think those are a thing of the past. We’ve managed to survive a month speaking to clients virtually, so it’ll be interesting to see if this will become part of the ‘norm’.
No right or wrong answer, but when you’re so used to getting up and running over to your colleague’s desk to have a natter and talk project deadlines, how are you now coping when you find yourself talking to the oven instead? No, I didn’t get much back either. It’s vitally important things continue to run as smoothly as possible internally as a business, so your clients’ have that unshakable faith that work is going to be of the highest standard, and deadlines set out will continue to be hit, with no hiccups.
What we’ve found useful is Slack, an internal messaging service, or even a quick text or call (video or the traditional ear to ear method) to run through what’s needed, where everyone is sharing their workload and priorities, and communicating as effectively as a team, so account managers can relay that to clients as clearly, and concisely, as possible.
Take charge of your workload and working day
As much as we love our fellow working comrades, I don’t think I just speak for myself when I say there’s always certain times and points in the week where we just need that quiet time, away from anyone, to focus on the tasks ahead and what needs to be done. Lockdown has given us this privilege. Being away from the office environment can change your mindset, and you can almost feel you have all of the time in the world to do what you need to do. But this sense of autonomy can actually help you produce better pieces of work, in a quicker amount of time. You have fewer distractions, can plan your day, your way, and I might even go so far as to say you feel like you’ve actually accomplished more as the days and weeks go by!
Improving the boss to employee relationship
Coronavirus has left bosses with no choice but to place trust in their employees continuing to work as if they were in the office. I’d like to think that the majority of bosses across the nation are delighted with how their team has performed under the circumstances. I know at Lightbox the team couldn’t have adapted working from home in any better way, with independence, team camaraderie and working as one shining throughout.
In a situation where a boss would have frowned upon an employee asking to work from home, you’d like to think that going forward, this would not even need to be a request, such is the confidence now placed in you. Knowing your superior has placed their faith and trust in you is a massive boost to any employee working for any business, and will only serve to improve self-esteem, the right working attitude and a willingness to go above and beyond for the best of the business.
Businesses out there, what are other things you’ve learnt and think could be of benefit to the new normal after the pandemic is over? We’d love to hear your thoughts on different ways of working, so get sharing. If there is something else you’d like to chat to us about, get in touch today.