At Spacefinish, our vision as a company is to design and build a better world for all humans to live and work in. Hence, our focus is to always improve the quality of life by focusing on areas that have the biggest impact on people’s daily routine. Today, as the world grapples with the threat COVID-19 pandemic poses to our lives as humans and professionals, realities are changing. Business professionals are encouraged to work remotely in order to curb the spread of the virus. But for many businesses and professionals, there are often more questions to be asked around:
How can employees stay motivated and productive while on lockdown?
What kind of culture do businesses adopt at a time like this?
What are the best practices for communication management?
What happens to collaboration when teammates can no longer have a quick one-one in the office?
Here, we share learnings from from our first week of working remotely to show how organizations, especially those in Nigeria can collaborate and stay productive during this pandemic.
Changing Behaviour: A Culture of Tracking Helps At a time like this, habits and processes must change. For businesses and professionals, this reality is inevitable. It has become more important than ever to have systems in place to schedule, track, and carry team members along with individual activities and output. Thanks to our CEO, Remi Dada who personally drove the idea of every team member living by their calendar. "Live and die by your calendar. Once you’ve set your schedule and made it visible to your coworkers with a shared calendar. It becomes easier to know when you’re free or not” he says. Also by implementing a trackable, weekly to-do list that allowed everyone to create a list of objectives, corresponding due dates, and comments on each task being carried out, our Head of Product made it immensely easy for team members to remain organized, get feedback and focused on achieving set goals. A Dedicated Desk Environment is Crucial to Getting Things Done. As cool as the idea of working in your pajamas lounging on the bed is, it can be a great impediment to productivity. Working from an established workspace helps to create work triggers for the brain that puts the mind in a productive mood. However, not everyone has the space for an elaborate work station.
Hence, it is important for people to get creative at a time like this. Dining tables have become more regular workspaces for some of our team members.
Data/Internet Connectivity is Still a Big Challenge By far the same challenge everyone on the team faced at one point or the other was internet connectivity. It was either unavailable or unstable. At a point, our digital marketing manager had to finish up a task from his car due to poor internet connection.