While we attempt to
build a world where people come together to take on many big meaningful efforts, in this day and age, it’s much more important for people to gain emotional support from friends or community. We need personal interactions, and the same applies for our work place.
should be the basis of in-office interactions. But using technology is a way to enhance connections and facilitate communication, especially when working across different offices or when people are travelling. In 2016, we launched Workplace to connect colleagues and transform companies by bringing the power of community to work. We like to use Workplace to share ideas, collaborate, as well as to build our internal community. Our Diversity and Inclusion team has also initiated internal programmes such as yoga, craft and language groups for our like-minded employees to join. So, mastering the balance between tech-supported relationships and in-person interactions will help to build strong bonds within teams. I highly encourage fellow leaders to see how technology can support them, too.
Humans are intensely social beings.
They need to feel connected. Recently, for a time, virtual offices and teams became the “new normal”. Personal sharing is one of the easiest and most overlooked ways to strengthen connections, especially when staff are remote. It’s probably the easiest way to overcome the isolation that can creep in when people aren’t together physically. Within our own company, we’ve come up with creative ways such as virtual lunches and meet-ups during the work from home period to deepen –
and energise – our connections in spite of working from different places.
we say “the journey is 1% finished”. Something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. To build things from scratch, hack things out, improve and iterate as we go along – that’s the mentality that drives us. But of course, we couldn’t do without the connections we’ve made along the way that support us in reaching our goals.
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