We’re all affected by the current situation in our own unique ways. In this article we’re sharing our own experience as Nearmappers, working our way through these unprecedented times. From the bedrooms, kitchen tables, back decks and yoga mat offices (yes, they're a thing now) of the Nearmap team, here's how we're staying apart but working together – for each other, our customers and our shared future.
Is staying apart bringing us closer together?
Change is something that we embrace at Nearmap. In fact it's why we actually exist – we change the way people can see the world, so they can profoundly change the way they work. So as the world began to change rapidly, we were quick to recognise that we needed to change with it and established our own COVID-19 task force.
Our task force, representing multiple areas across Nearmap, keeps our team informed and supported on best practices during this time. The team gathers insights such as how other businesses are responding to challenges and providing continuity for employees, customers and prospects alike.
Keeping connected by embracing technology
We’re big fans of Slack – it keeps us connected in this socially distanced world. We’ve created a number of channels to support our team, too:
- #Announcements: keeps our team informed on COVID-19 news and impacts
- #NearmappingFromHome: showcases our employees efforts to stay productive, find work-life balance, and share insight and humor
- #EmbarrassingPhotoFriday and #DescribeYourIsolationInaPic for some fun!
These channels help the company support every employee, and importantly, they’re about Nearmappers supporting each other.
In April, our #NearmappingFromHome channel featured a calendar of daily challenges as a light-hearted way to support employees' mental and physical health. Challenges ranged from 'bake something with only five ingredients' to facilitating virtual lunches with colleagues, and providing links to download a free meditation app.
If you've been anywhere near a social media channel recently, you can't help but have noticed the power of a shared picture and a shared experience. 'What do you see from your window?' is a photo sharing group that reinforces the message of #StayAtHome and has quickly built a global community of contributors from 143 countries. The Facebook group ‘Bin Isolation Outing’, meanwhile, has nearly one million members posting videos of themselves dressing up to put their rubbish bins out!
Through our own #nearmappingfromhome noticeboard, we challenged our team to share pictures of the way they are working at home – their workspaces, outlooks and the lighter side of working alongside children, partners, flatmates and pets. Here we share just some of the deluge of submissions we received from colleagues near and far.