Like most, we’ve had a challenging few weeks here at 3manfactory, but as a team we intend to rise to them. We are continuing to help and support our clients, but looking after our own safety, mental health and wellbeing has become even more paramount, especially during the lockdown.
Initially, we focused on helping our clients prepare for and communicate their approach to dealing with the Coronavirus situation. However, we needed to ensure we were in a positive place to support this, so here is our own position in relation to tackling the ever-challenging, and changing issues the Coronavirus pandemic has presented us with.
On 18 March we set ourselves two objectives:
We started by planning how we could successfully work remotely, but still work together as a team. We use a number of integrated online systems already enabling us to communicate, work and deliver client projects collaboratively. However, we needed to make sure we were all comfortable working from home. Not everyone has a home office, so we made sure the team took the kit and equipment needed – monitors, chairs, stands, chargers. Importantly, we divvied up the snack draw, emptied the fridge and watered (most of) the office plants!
In the weeks that have passed, we’ve found many of the steps we are taking bridge both objectives, and in fact, some are variations of practices already employed:
The most important thing we have discovered, is, don’t be hard on yourself. Normal working hours do not necessarily apply, and for those juggling childcare, homeschooling or anything else, remember you are not working from home, you are at home, trying to work. If you need to split the day up so that you spend time with immediate family, message friends, get some exercise or manage to order (or receive) your online deliveries then do. These are unprecedented times and we need to be kind to ourselves, and others so that when we come out the other side of this we are all safe and sane.