Ton Hagens / 30 March 2021

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the global economy and how we collaborate and do business. The majority of companies were insufficiently prepared for the new normal and had to pull out all the stops to make remote collaboration and service provision possible. This required a high degree of flexibility and resourcefulness. How do we stay connected now and in the future?

There is little chance that post-Coronavirus, we will completely return to the world of work as it was before. We continue to collaborate more virtually than before, and the role of the office has changed from a pure workplace, to a meeting place. A place where we come together to connect and learn from each other.

The past year has shown that in many situations it is not necessary to take the car and drive an hour and a half to a location to meet physically. Many meetings can be held virtually, leaving more time to focus on output. Teams become more productive, and the work-life balance improves. Moreover, it is a lot more sustainable if we leave the car at home.

The benefits are apparent, but the fact that we now meet less at the office also brings challenges. Spontaneous conversations at the coffee machine don’t happen like they used to. Quickly dropping in on a colleague to catch up on a project or development is no longer possible.

Technology can only partly make up for this. It is important to meet face-to-face regularly to inspire each other and establish meaningful connections. However, that will remain difficult in the coming months. What are we doing in the meantime?

At Pulse, we organize interactive webinars for clients and info sessions for our employees. By communicating regularly and transparently, we try to keep our people involved as much as possible.

Staying connected

Current (cloud) technologies make it easy to stay connected as a team. Most of us are used to communicating with colleagues via email, video conferencing and other digital platforms. That said, working from home – for a variety of reasons – can be challenging.

That’s why it’s crucial to talk about serious matters with each other but also create a space for humour, light-hearted topics, and offer updates about positive things happening in the company. Virtual coffee dates, pub quizzes, and virtual escape rooms raise morale. And depending on the needs and opportunities, we try to get together in a responsible and safe way on occasion.

Are you curious about using technology to keep your organization and people connected? Get in touch with us!

Ton Hagens Managing Director