In light of the recent global health pandemic, many countries are limiting or even closing businesses for the foreseeable future in order to prevent peer-to-peer contact. With offices located in many different parts of the world, WME is adapting its working to fit within the various rules and legislation being implemented by governments and ministries.
This has forced many companies to address their working methods, bringing a more modern and agile approach in order to keep things moving. WME is just one of the companies adapting to the market forces by implementing more digital infrastructure, allowing teams to communicate effectively whilst working from home or anywhere in the world.
All WME staff are utilising Microsoft Teams in order to maintain communications for all global projects.
WME provides an intranet area to all global staff in order to provide internal news and announcements on a real-time basis.
Restricting Working within Offices
There’s a lot we still don’t know about Coronavirus, but health authorities have been clear that maintaining good hygiene is absolutely critical. Regular updates and reminders are being distributed to our staff about the consistent use of sanitisers and the reduction of physical contact as a pre-emptive health measure. Staff are encouraged to work from home and numbers within the main offices are being kept at a minimum.
Tips For Working From Home
- Don’t neglect your wellbeing
If you aren’t in quarantine, try not to spend all day cooped up indoors. “Get out of the house at least once a day,” advises Anna Codrea-Rado, the founder of the Professional Freelancer
- Set boundaries between work and home life
Have a dedicated place to work, even if it’s just the end of your kitchen table. It helps you get in the mind frame of work. If you don’t, it muddies the boundaries between home life and work-life.
- Establish ground rules with your team
Set the tone for how the team is going to work from home. Schedule regular one-to-one check-ins and explain how and when you’d like people to report back to you.
- Reach out to people on the phone
Although it is tempting to just send an email, make the effort to call co-workers or employees whenever you can, particularly if you are a manager, to check in on their mental wellbeing.
The coronavirus outbreak has triggered an anxious trial run for remote work on a grand scale. What we learn in the next few months could help shape a future of work that might have been inevitable, with or without a once-in-a-century public-health crisis.