As the weeks have gone on, we have added to our remote working skill-set using other video-conferencing tools such as Microsoft Teams and Jitsi, depending on our clients’ preferences and, having taken a good look at various webinar tools, we have adopted GoToWebinar as our webinar software of choice for our own and client webinars.
So the business tools have been relatively simple to adopt but probably more important has been things that have helped to keep the team dynamics going while working remotely. I think it is fair to say that everyone has found the last 7 weeks more physically and emotionally demanding than any of us could have expected. We are missing each other and when all you have is a screen image of your colleagues, it’s easy to miss the body language and other cues to tell you how another person is doing that day.
Having said that, we’ve all worked hard at maintaining relationships and team working. We’ve supported each other in adapting to shifting client demands and in continuing to develop our own business tools such as launching our new website and holding our first Mearns & Gill webinar.
As you would expect, it’s been a variety of things that has made this possible such as virtual kitchens & virtual pubs; using Slack for ‘group conversations’ on client projects; regular business updates and 1 to 1 meetings with each team member; maintaining our regular meetings schedule via conference calls rather than in person; Rob’s Tuesday quiz on Telegram; remembering we can still phone each other and some video calls just to say hi, how are you doing? Here are some quotes from the team on what has kept them going: