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Emerging from Covid-19 life

We wanted to use the lockdown experience to improve how we run the company.

11 months ago, I wrote a short article about how we were looking forward to a post Covid-19 world. Since then, time has seemingly whirred past without anybody really noticing that we have moved forward one whole year. With Covid-19 still in circulation, our society is very much beginning to emerge from the lockdown life we have known for the last two years. 

At Pixel Fridge, we wanted to use the lockdown experience to improve how we run the company. There were four main plans that we wanted to implement and here is a quick summary of where we are with those plans.

Getting back to an office

We are back. We have been back in our Devon and London offices for a few months and it is fair to say that everyone is happier for having the option of some face time with our colleagues.

We wanted to make our (small) offices a little more inspiring. It is a work in progress, but we do have plants, natural light and pretty feature walls. We have further to go with making them more homely and we do have plans to do so, but so far, so good.

Progress so far: 3 out of 5. A little way to go to make our offices more inspiring.

Encouraging days away from the office

If Covid has taught our society one thing, it is that flexibility is key. Whilst we love spending time with our team, we also appreciate that people want flexibility and a change of scene. Spending a day at home (or elsewhere) gives people the opportunity to tick off those jobs they never get a chance to do when commuting to an office every day.

I was lucky enough to recently spend a day working in the Lake District with a fairly inspiring view. This gave me the flexibility to travel up at a more convenient time for me and my family whilst at the same time gave me a refreshing change of scene for the working day.

Progress so far: 4 out of 5. Still room for improvement.

If Covid has taught our society one thing, it is that flexibility is key.

Working remotely

Investing in social (not media, actual real life social)

Spending time together away from the day to day work routine has many benefits. I feel very strongly about this! In an industry such as ours, it is all too easy to find yourself on the hamster wheel of work. Not only do our team benefit from stepping away but our clients do too. I have been in the agency world for over ten years and can honestly say that the time spent away from a screen is often where the best ideas, bonding and general creativity comes from. By taking work out of context, you often find discussions resolve problems by thinking out of the box. 

We are sticking to our word and making time for face to face events. This summer we had a two day getaway with the whole team and we have just returned from our second Ramble of the year too.  These larger get-togethers, combined with smaller team socialising means that we really do spend time together talking about things other than work! In my opinion, it adds a priceless amount of value.

Progress so far: 4 out of 5. Always room for improvement.

We are sticking to our word and making time for face to face events.

Rambling

Spending time with our clients

Oh dear, not one we have been very successful at! We really really do want to be doing more of this but it still hasn’t been the easiest. With the world still coming back to life, people are slowly remembering and rediscovering the benefits of face to face meetings.

We really do want to spend time with our clients. We want to improve our efficiency, but we also want to get to know them. We have had a few more meetings popping in our diaries, but this is still a big target for improvement for us in the next six months.

Progress so far: 2 out of 5. Always room for improvement.

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