Corona – our home office time
Just like many others, the Corona period presented us with a big challenge and, frankly, a rather queasy and scary feeling.
As the situation became more and more acute in March 2020, we had to act quickly to handle the situation properly and responsibly.
Already when the first cases were reported in Germany, we started to prepare and adjust to the upcoming situation. We looked into the effects and consequences and consulted which solutions could be considered for our company. Quite quickly we decided to pack all the necessary things, such as our laptops and move to the home office.
Since March 16, 2020, we were all in home office and faced with the new challenge of organizing the daily work routine online now.
The tool dream team Zoom & Slack
With three daily team calls via Zoom, we were able to exchange ideas at any time and maintain a bit of structure to the daily work routine.
Communication now had to work via Slack, and after an initial adjustment period, all important questions were henceforth asked via the app.
Various groups, such as that of the customers, created a reasonably good overview in Slack and made it possible to find past messages again relatively quickly and organize ourselves.
Meetings with our customers also took place via Zoom. That meant that everyone had to dial in individually and we didn’t all sit together in one room as usual.
Private exchanges were out of place here, however, and so you quickly noticed that you didn’t get to hear much about the actual life of your colleagues.
Despite everything, it has to be said that we were one of the industries and companies that got through this unimaginable time well. Especially in the area of online marketing, there was an enormous increase in sales made online due to the closure of the “offline stores”. In addition, there was an increase in the use of deal and voucher sites, which meant that we were able to successfully map various campaigns.
After several weeks of various relaxations of the Corona measures, we have decided from 08 June 2020, our working day from now on back in our beautiful office. Of course, we have also introduced appropriate hygiene measures there.
As nice as it is in parts to spend the working day in sweatpants in our homes, we all visibly looked forward to “normal” life and personal contacts.
For some things, especially working on joint projects, such as the design of our new website and the joint lunch break, the home office can’t be replaced.