Three months ago, most of our team members exchanged their office desk for their kitchen table and began working from home while we put extensive measures in the office into place to help slow down the spread of Covid-19. Our IT worked around the clock to make sure that everyone was set up at home to work the best they could under these new circumstances. And while we learned that large parts of the work we do at Blickfeld, with a few exceptions, can be handled from home, we are looking forward to slowly, and carefully, move back into the office.
We have numerous safety measures in place to ensure that the risk of infections stays as low as possible: Every team member is equipped with a Blickfeld mask, we introduced a fixed maximum capacity of colleagues allowed in the office to be able to keep the recommended distance to one another as well as heightened cleaning and disinfecting schedules. And yes, the coffee machine is still in a long slumber in order to avoid too many team members in our small kitchen. Instead, we have smaller machines placed throughout the office – Blickfeld runs partly on coffee!
Moving forward with projects and products
Most importantly, we were happy to see that our ongoing projects were only slightly affected during the last three months. The team did a remarkable job even in this unfamiliar situation to push our projects and products forward so that we reached set milestones nevertheless and even welcomed 26 new team members in total throughout April, May and June.
Remote team spirit
As happy as we are about partly returning to the office and seeing our colleagues in the flesh again, we are very pleased about how well the team worked remotely and what creative ideas came from this “new normal”:
- The Blickfeld team spirit is legendary and an important part of our company. This roots in our team events and bonding possibilities. During our time at home, we were able to have our team-events remotely in the form of online chess tournaments or trivia nights. We are also keeping up with our colleagues by using a few minutes after our weekly all-in team meeting to have team members present new hobbies they picked up during the lockdown. So far, we have learned that baking bread, building rabbit cages or learning Japanese are suitable activities to pass the time while the public life came to a halt.
- We usually attend quite a few industry events and fairs throughout the year and were excited to be able to participate in a few of them digitally. And we did so quite successfully as well: In our first digital pitching contest at the South Summit, we won the first prize in the category Mobility & Logistics!