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COVID-19: Adapting our ways of working

We live in unpredictable times. But as Coronavirus spreads, it seems certain that commuting by mouse rather than bike, train or car will soon become the rule rather than the exception. And why not? 

As a group of creatives, we know that ideas aren’t limited by location and inspiration often strikes in the least likely of places. All we can do is make sure everyone at Six is able to share and develop their ideas, no matter where they are. That’s why we’ve been using and advocating for tools like Teams, Zoom and Yammer for years. 

At a time like this, it’s reassuring to know all of us here can and will continue to work effectively – even if, for some, that means working from home.

How will you change your working practices?

A social experiment is going on in the business world right now. It’s one that may bring about lasting changes in how companies manage their workers, and how those people work. 

With many businesses not previously considering remote working or virtual meetings, it’s now becoming a necessity. In fact, with the advancement of low-cost video conferencing technology and collaboration tools, it may be even easier than many people thought. 

A remote working revolution may well be one of the number of legacies of the outbreak. Twitter’s Head of Human Resources Jennifer Christie certainly thinks we may never go back…

“We’ll never probably be the same. People who were reticent to work remotely will find that they really thrive that way. Managers who didn’t think they could manage teams that were remote will have a different perspective. I do think we won’t go back.” – Jennifer Christie, Twitter’s head of human resources, in BuzzFeed News

When we are made to change it can alter the fabric of our normality, either positively or negatively. I wonder what the lasting effect on HR policy and legislation will be around flexible working, as well as on employer attitudes. Get in touch and let us know – how is your business adapting?

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