The pandemic has forced us out of the offices, with home working become the ‘norm’ for many of us. And, unsurprisingly, it appears that lots of people are not missing the overcrowded trains and congested motorways to get them to and from work.
In fact, the majority of people that I have spoken to favour remote working or idolise the hybrid workspace. The hybrid workspace offers workers the flexibility to work both remotely and, in the office, either at their own, or their employer’s discretion. I expect post lockdown, the most successful employers will adopt this strategy as they will be more likely to retain their top talent.
Anyway, I am deviating. Regardless of which strategy is adopted, whether that be fully remote or hybrid. Staying connected will fundamentally be more of a challenge than within the traditional workspace.
Here are three examples of how we are staying connected and helping to ensure the wellbeing of our team at Dynamic Edge.
Office Vibe – Office Vibe is a web-based survey application which we have adopted for a about a year now. A new survey gets emailed to everybody in Dynamic Edge once a week which consists of five questions the leadership team have chosen. The first four questions are multiple choice, and the last questions is looking for a written answer. This enables the leadership team an insight into the wellbeing of staff, as well as and issues are challenges individuals are facing, this often leads to effective change within the organisation.
Dynamic Edge Step into Spring Challenge – This came about because of a suggestion put into Office Vibe. The aim of this challenge is for us to collectively walk / run / cycle the distance from our Inverness office to Barcelona where we hope to visit as a team at some point next year (Covid depending). The total distance is 1,459 miles, and at last count we have just pushed beyond the 800-mile mark. This initiative has been great for me as I am getting out much more, which is of course, great for my physical health and my mental wellbeing.
Fun Friday Lunches – Over the past couple of months, Shannon has arranged a couple of fun activities for our team over the past few months. So far, we have had a game of ‘Guess that Tune’ which I was pretty dreadful at, as well as a couple of games of online Pictionary, which again, I am also awful at. It is all good fun though and allows us to interact in a less formal manner.
And of course, how could we not mention Microsoft Teams! It has been an essential part of communicating with all the team and our customers. With instant messaging, group chats, video calls and using Teams as our phone system, Microsoft Teams has powered Dynamic Edge before during and will continue to after the pandemic.
There are a few examples of how we are staying connected in these strange times. We would love to hear how you and your team are staying connected.