Particularly ensuring team members don’t burn out. Slingshot is privileged to have a really enthusiastic team who are highly committed to our vision but this can lead to working too much and, during lock down, a work-life balance can be much harder to handle.
During our first few weeks of lock down, trying to replicate the ability to brainstorm around a whiteboard was particularly challenging. As a team, we like starting and finishing every day with a scrum, brainstorm, and show and tell, and this is harder virtually.
To maintain the health and well being of our staff we have invested in homeworking equipment (desks, chairs etc.), provided Just Eat vouchers to replace team meals out in Leeds and most importantly, we have introduced our virtual pubs every Friday. This normally includes a quiz but we have also branched out to online board games!
With R&D we have embraced being on Microsoft Teams all the time. This means we dial on at 9am and don’t dial off until 5pm with it running in the background, which we all got used to after a couple of weeks. We find we are comfortable enough now to just chat (unmuting microphones and turning on cameras) as if we were in the office. An important aspect of Microsoft Teams has been its integration with Office 365, allowing us to use things like one note and power point as virtual whiteboards.
The infographic highlights the key successes, which I think are:
I went mad the first few weeks of lock down. There was an article in the BBC mid April that described how it takes 20-30 days to adapt – I was definitely evidence of this! I am an extrovert and my world revolves around meeting people and building relationships over coffees and activities which lock down made impossible.
However over time you do get used to virtual engagements. I becomes the norm and things like our virtual pubs and virtual board game sessions with friends and family have been very important to me.
And, most importantly, lock down has enabled me to catch up on all the new marvel movies!