Working in the COVID-19 World can be a challenging experience, we would like to share some of our tips and tricks that have helped AppCentrica to make the best of this unprecedented situation.
Community is King
Social distancing is – literally – an isolating experience, as such keeping employees aligned, engaged and in good company, is more important than ever. Company wide meetings are an excellent way to accomplish this. Normally, we have a company wide meeting monthly, but given current circumstances we really hit the gas on this one – now the whole company meets 3x per week. Not only is this an excellent way to stay on top of this ever-evolving situation, but it’s a great excuse to come together, share in a few laughs, and actively participate. For each meeting a different AppCentrican is elected to lead the discussion and speak on a topic that’s important to them. So far, it’s been an amazing initiative that has kept us all engaged and excited to start each new week. Plus, as an added bonus, we have had the opportunity to meet a lot of screaming children, see some cute cats hellbent on home office desecration, and have a nice sneak peak into the lives of our colleagues.
This may seem counter intuitive given we’re all mandated to stay away from one another, but being the tightknit group we are, the AppCentrica team has found a ton of creative ways to connect virtually and keep the good times rolling. Our previously in-office daily stretch proves flexible in itself, as it continues to occur in a virtual setting. As well, the need to stay active during this largely sedentary experience has inspired more AppCentrica fitness regiments to sprout up, including: group meditation and a daily team workout.
It’s not all exercise though, our social committee is as busy as ever setting up additional events for us to continue to get together. Group gaming / movie nights are abound, and Friday beers are still a thing – just now exclusively BYOB and from the comfort of your own living room.
Support, Support, Support
It’s no secret that many of us are starting to feel the prolonged effects of social distancing. Being forced to stow away from family, friends and colleagues is a challenging experience both from a personal and a professional perspective. Demanding as it may be, our team has made a tremendous effort to rise up and support each other wherever possible. Managers have made a consistent point to have daily one-on-ones for no other reason than to catch up and offer support if needed. People who are feeling unwell or down are encouraged to take the time they need to rest and recharge. Exceptional work and professional certifications continue to be highlighted at a company wide level to keep us all feeling motivated and appreciated!
We hope you found some of these suggestions helpful and can apply them to your organization too. As we continue to navigate this uncertain time, from all of us at AppCentrica, we hope you stay happy, stay healthy and stay home.