Employee’s Staying Connected While Apart
While in lockdown the 11 am Gladys press conference has become somewhat of a tradition for many Sydney siders, including myself. We nervously prepare ourselves for the announcements that our NSW Premier states, from cases rising to restrictions getting harsher. Many jobs are lost and numerous amounts of people are logging into Centrelink to declare their disaster payments. Those lucky enough to continue to work have had to adjust to the working from home lifestyle. This week, I’ve had the opportunity to investigate what working from home is really like – an honest insight.
It was my first day on my new job this week as the new multimedia producer – I know, weird right! Who gets a job during a lockdown? Well… considering my retail job shut down due to the restrictions, I was bored of just waking up, walking my sausage dogs and binge-watching Breaking Bad on repeat. I felt as though I could really utilise this time to focus on my resume and portfolio. And to my success, I got my first ever full-time job! However, how I pictured a full-time job in the past is completely different to current reality. Busy meetings, the smell of coffee and multiple people chatting on the phone all at once is how I imagined the office to be but when I arrived I could hear a pin drop. Complete silence. Where is everyone? I thought a full-time office job was gonna look like one of those scenes out of the Wolf of Wall Street. But boy oh boy did COVID change that.
So now I’m sitting in a huge office by myself and I start working on my first task. I title it ‘Project 1’. I have to contact my colleagues and develop a video to post on social media to see how our staff are coping while working from home. I get slack up, message everyone to film themselves answering the questions about the pros and cons of WFH. Let’s get connected without a connection – ahh the joys of technology. Technology has been truly amazing in how we can communicate while being so far away from one another.
When everyone’s videos came through it was fantastic to finally put a face to the people I’ve been messaging all week. I don’t feel like I’m part of 2001: A Space Odyssey anymore – I now feel as though I’m talking to real people instead of a computer screen. It’s great to get a feel for peoples personalities as well in the short 1 minute clips they sent through. Especially when the videos are honest, relatable and raw.
It’s funny how working from home seems to be the new norm and I’ve learnt that the employees from My Recruitment Plus are no strangers to it. The video I created takes the viewer on a behind the scenes look at what working from home is truly like and the challenges that come with it. It was an amazing first project to work on and made me feel more connected with my colleagues even though I’m sitting alone in an office with around 20 empty chairs around me. Successful first project!
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