Senior account executive Leanne Kirtley takes a look at what we've learned from week one of daily team video calls.
If you’re anything like us, your inbox will be full to the brim right now with COVID-19 updates from every brand you’ve ever interacted with. And while it can be reassuring to find out how your favourite sushi restaurant is handling the latest government advice, what you shouldn’t neglect is to check in with the people you’re probably missing the most right now: your co-workers.
With distance working rightfully hitting unprecedented levels following Boris Johnson’s plea for us all to stay home, it’s important to not to neglect the people you usually spend the vast majority of your day communicating with. A regular day in the office for us has always included team meetings, catch-ups over cups of tea and chats about last night’s TV, and without even realising it the entire nation has overnight gone from talking to our colleagues constantly to suddenly feeling a little cut off.
Which is why we’ve never been more grateful for the help of technology, with words like ‘Zoom’, ‘Google Hangout’ and our choice ‘Microsoft Teams’ now entering everyone’s daily vocabulary. Of course, with that comes a selection of mishaps that have been posted across the internet for everyone to see.
The Partners Group got off to a flying start during our inaugural Monday morning Microsoft Teams video conference. From muted microphones and shadowy faces to children wandering through the background while cats wandered through the foreground, we felt as though we ticked just about every box in a game of ‘video call bingo