Community and connection have always been basic needs for us as individuals and for society as a whole. Like many other companies, The Plant Mark took the decision to work remotely earlier last week. Although this is not a huge shift for our team, as we have supported flexible working for a long time, we are aware that not everyone is in this position. From our homes to yours, we want to share a handful of our thoughts on how to keep building communities and remain well connected.
What does business as usual look like now?
- Technology – the thing that everyone is talking about. It forms a fundamental part of our everyday lives whether we like it or not. With a history riddled with issues and problems, technology also enables life to flourish when used wisely. Technology has undoubtedly helped businesses connect and build relationships where there were none before. Today, we are seeing this in action as businesses are using forms of technology to reinforce strong communities to support one another and establish new revenues of growth.
- Enjoy a little bit of accountability. When you are not sitting next to each other on a regular basis, communication is key to building trust amongst many other positive team characteristics. By holding regular and structured meetings, teams can boost solidarity by staying connected and remaining well informed of how individuals and their respective projects are doing.
- Reflect on your company culture. Does your business promote a supportive, inclusive and encouraging company culture? Invest the time in enabling your employees and colleagues to shine by using their individual strengths to support one another and bring a little fun to the workplace, even when you might not be in your usual place of work.
- Have a laugh. Laughter is good for the soul. It raises spirits and connects us to those around us in a way nothing else quite can. Those video calls can be quite entertaining. I think we can all recall one or two of those calls which didn’t go to plan but lifted our spirits.
How can we look out for those near and far from us?
- Pick up the phone. It really is that simple. We understand this is by no means the same as quality face to face conversations, but FaceTime, Zoom, Skype (the list goes on) can really help elevate conversations just by being able to see and read the other person. We must make room for others.
- Honesty is, and always has been, the best policy. To take care of one another best we also need to take good care of ourselves and have regular self-checks. Times like these can be lonely for some, they can cause great stress and create radical changes in how we live our lives. Let’s all try and be honest to ourselves and to others.
- Say hello, crack a joke and let people know you are thankful. An elderly gentleman gave me a cheery hello (from across the street) this morning and it honestly made my day. Those little moments can seem like nothing to one person but can make the world of difference to others. Lift your head up, look out for those around you and be available to the communities that live, work and play around you.