On the whole, I’ve heard only positive things about the transition to home working and how morale has held up. I think the key to the success is the fact that we have all been placed in the same circumstances at once. Couple this with the fact that we are all working with people we, for the most part, have long-term relationships with and the transition hasn’t been as painful as many would have thought. Teams have learnt to trust each other more and be more transparent in the work they are undertaking.
However, the picture would look very different if we had been trying to work remotely with teams that we hadn’t spent time within the office, or with clients that we hadn’t met face to face over meetings, coffee and various industry events.
This is where the office comes in. In the short-term we have all managed to navigate this new way of working. However, it is harder to imagine it being as successful in the long-term when there are factors such as new members of staff, new clients and new instructions thrown into the mix. Connections are made face-to-face and over a period of time. We are by now all familiar with the ups and downs that a poor wifi connection or noisy dog can bring to our virtual meetings. There’s no escaping that offices will look different as long as social distancing measures are in place, however their role in providing a hub for collaboration, new ideas and much needed human connection won’t be diminished by this current crisis.
Many of us have had to rapidly place trust in our team members and their ability to work from home, and this is by and large what has made the transition so smooth. For now, we are all following government and industry guidelines with regards to working from home, and none of us know just what the short-term future holds. However, it will come as a great relief for many to be back safely in an office where they can have conversations face-to-face, to discuss new ideas over coffee and get back the separation between work and home life.