Published 20 Apr 2020
In recent weeks, working from home has become the new standard for many professions. We asked five of our colleagues how they are coping with this new challenge and what surprised them.
My day has become more flexible and I no longer have to commute to work. I also resolve things via phone instead of having as many personal meetings as I did before. Considering my type of work, this isn’t really a problem. Quite the contrary in fact – even those meetings which I would previously have thought to only be possible via face to face contact now work fine just over the phone or by online means.
It is that I no longer have to structure my day in a rigid ‘9-to-5’ fashion. The fact that LASVIT has a presence around the world also helps. In the morning, I speak with clients in the USA and then I, for instance, read or go outside, and late in the evening I speak to clients in Hong Kong. It does wonders for my effectiveness.
The realization that it might be more efficient and that people are generally more productive. It isn’t just us, but also our partners, like interior designers and clients. They are more focused on the project and no one wants to draw things out needlessly. Everything has accelerated.
It hasn’t changed much at all for me. The nature of my work is still the same and nothing has really changed in the IT department, only that now we work from home. I just personalized my workday even more, as I can work late into the night or early morning and take a break in the afternoon.
To just switch off for a while. When I am getting overwhelmed, I can get up from the chair, and go work manually on the house or mow my lawn. At the beginning of the state of emergency I also relaxed by sewing face masks. Me and my wife made about two thousand of them to distribute to the needy and to locals. We wanted to help.
The people from LASVIT surprised me in just how well they keep the rules and how quickly they adapted to the new situation. Nothing changed for me work-wise, but things have indeed changed for many of my colleagues, and still they managed to adapt and process their workload just as well as before. They have my sincere respect.
My work day is no longer devoted merely to work, as I must also take care of my children, twins. I generally work from home, but I used to bring them to kindergarten in the morning and then I could get to work. Now my mornings are a bit more sluggish – they must first eat and I prepare them to go outside, if they want. During the day I have to take care of them and give them something to do. So, I spend a lot of time leaving my worktable and coming back. Having children, one must also think a bit more about cooking. I also spend more time on the phone. People have become more used to working online. There are more stand-ups and meetings done that way, and when there is a project, we meet about it on Teams.
It helps me when I get the kids out in the garden (laughs). Luckily for me, they are very creative, so they manage to find activities for themselves. We also come up with tasks for them to do. Once, we had them make paper puppets and theater sets, and then we played theater together.
That there has been no slowing down in workload. I expected a lull, but our team has kept going strong. Every day, I am working on projects, my 3D graphic designer is constantly busy, my schedule is booked for a whole month ahead. I rather get the feeling that I have more work now, in fact. But that might be just that I am also busy during the day with the kids, so I have no extra time.
The biggest change for me is that I no longer travel. I have been home since January, and I haven’t been travelling since then either, which is the longest I have gone without travel in about more than twenty years. All my meetings are now conducted via phone and video conferences. I spend most of my time on the phone with the company’s TOP management and with our VIP clients. Together, we are trying to find a way to help each other and adapt to this new era.
Instead of taking a lunch break, we play tennis out on the street in front of our house with the children (note: Leon has five children). The tennis clubs are closed and there is almost no transportation here. I also exercise outside every day and every second day me and my wife go out for a coffee to go, and just chat in the sun.
That business hasn’t stopped. Quite the contrary, some projects have even accelerated. As hotels are empty now, there is more time and energy to see things through. The situation has actually stimulated our business.
And I was also surprised at just how quickly the employees of LASVIT managed to adapt to the new conditions. Whether it was regarding safety precautions in our headquarters, where some of our employees still go to work, or regarding the new manner of working from home. Salespeople have started using video calls and both LASVIT and our clients have learned that many things which we would have rather been solving face to face can be done very well by online means.
It changed a lot. I now work one day a week from home and one day in the office where I alternate with my colleague. It is no longer about the standard routine of doing flight tickets, visas, meetings, but we are rather often accepting packets and parcels. We arrange the logistics via email, and then communicate them to our colleagues. We are also developing and implementing new rules so that the operation of our headquarters continues to be as safe and smooth as possible.
It helps me when I can come up with something that in turn helps my colleagues in their day or raises their spirits at work. I often go jogging when I work from home. I didn’t use to do this before and now it helps me a lot by compensating my isolation from the outside world.
In a standard setting, it is not really possible to do my work from home, so it is the first time I’ve tried home office. I have children, so it is more complicated as I lack the peace and quiet for working. I was also surprised that many emails can come out differently than how they were intended. I am used to contact-oriented forms of communication, talking with my colleagues face to face, explaining things and coming up with a solution. It is thus very important for me to learn to communicate in this different fashion.
Marek Noháč has been working as a Design Engineer for two years. He graduated fr…
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