Although CloudM are well equipped to deal with these conditions as many of us work from home on a regular basis, most of us are still used to interacting with colleagues face to face. I’d taken for granted having the ability to have a quick chat in the kitchen while making a brew, or have a game of pool with someone to help clear my head. At this point, I’d even welcome a slightly awkward lift conversation with someone I don’t know very well!
This post will focus on what we’re doing to try to maintain a sense of normality in our days, and to encourage interaction between our colleagues using the tech we have available to us.
I’ve never known a time where the quizzes have been such a major part of my life. I’ve had at least three a week since the social distancing measures began, but my favourite so far has been the company quiz that took place the week before Easter.
The teams were picked at random, and each had their own individual Google Meet or Chat for conferring. My team didn’t win, but it was great to spend an hour or two thinking about things other than the situation we find ourselves in.
In addition to these social calls, we also have different chat-room activities on Google Chat. Every morning we have ‘Through the Keyhole’, where our people team posts pictures submitted by colleagues that represent their personality or their home. The idea is that people will see these visual clues and guess who it is. It’s a nice way to start off the day, even though I’m useless at guessing.
We also have a chat room for emoji riddles, film/series recommendations and other activities that we can choose to be involved in if we need a break or some interaction with the ‘outside world’! We even hosted a ‘Rate My Desk’ competition, where people across the company shared their home working set up and we all voted for our favourite one.
Finally, the People team have 30 minutes booked out in our calendars every afternoon so that we can join a Google Hangout for a chat or play Pictionary over the House Party app. I know other teams have similar things in place, and more ideas are being suggested every day.
The creativity and the effort that has gone into supporting these activities has been really inspiring. I personally find that these things really help to maintain motivation and a positive outlook, which is really important in these challenging times.