With doom and gloom on every channel you would be forgiven for retreating into your bunker and hunkering down until it all blows over. The fact of the matter is that when you are a social creature, as all (well, almost all) humans are, this is simply not an option. Whether it’s family or your furloughed staff there’s a multitude of reasons to Keep Calm and Carry On – just in a different way!
At Velocity Recruitment we are implementing small, manageable and most importantly, positive changes that help our team to stay happy in the midst of the pandemic. Now, more than ever, when are all isolated and working alone, we have to look out for each other.
One action that companies are taking right now is the daily catch-ups via Zoom, Skype, Teams or whatever solution. They can be about nothing, something or everything! I find that my daily discussions are dominated by how people are feeling, their coping mechanisms and general togetherness. And I know I am not alone. This has become the ‘norm’ for business meetings but, it is easy to remove those diary appointments from the calendar and shoot the breeze. Remove the appointments and you remove the structure, which is essential in keeping a remote team motivated. Getting to the end of the day, which can be hard to identify sometimes, is made much more satisfying if you can look back over your day and see what you’ve achieved, be that meetings, projects, even placements!
I like to keep fun in the equation! One factor that makes Velocity such a great workplace is the environment. Our employees see coming to work as a positive experience, just because they currently aren’t physically in our London office doesn’t mean that we should ignore the camaraderie. Working together we have all developed an ethos of trust and friendship and we continue this daily with our daily quizzes, these are just a bit of fun, but everyone has been getting involved. Our Friday afternoon chats are normally alongside a glass or two of wine, all just small changes to help everyone not feel alone isolated in their bunkers. Whilst ‘business as usual’ is long way away, these little changes help us keep a semblance of normality in our lives. Ensuring all our staff are heard and happy is a cornerstone of our business, and when our staff are happy so are our clients.