Physically distanced yet socially connected at work — how is this possible?

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Indeed, it was challenging.

My wfh setup
Slack Channel to read #wfh-protips

“After all, I was in the same physical space everyday.”

⌛ Third wfh challenge: knowing when to fully stop working. Oh, it’s 7pm already. It went from “Yay! Time to meet my friends!” to “Ops is it already 9pm?! I haven’t finish this…” Time passes by more quickly each day because the line between work and rest becomes blur. After all, I’m in the same physical space everyday. Wake up, work, eat, work, eat and sleep. I kind of lost track of time after awhile. As such, I had to put in a lot of more effort to stop doing work (or being online on Slack) and learn how to rest fully.

Make “work from home” work for you 🏠

1. Have weekly fun WFH short syncs

Thanks to my bosses, we arrange two fun syncs per week to share very random things — from how Circuit Breaker is affecting us, to our sleeping patterns, to our activities on weekends. These morning syncs help me feel less lonely even though I am alone physically. I’m thankful for these short moments of bare morning faces, wide smiles, and unkempt hairs.

2. Make time for fun huddles with your teammates

Some game ideas include: Scribbly.io or Codenames online. I introduced Scribbly to my team and we sure had loads of fun together laughing over very horrendous drawings or being in awe of our hidden artists. Agenda-less meeting was kind of a first for me. Cheers to Hangouts Grid view too!

Playing Scribbly with my team

3. Join company-wide online bonding activities

As part of an initiative to encourage fitness in the company, Wellness Wednesdays was formed where we exercise together. I joined one of the HIIT Wellness Wednesday sessions and I was amazed at how everyone was attempting to keep fit together. It was kinda cute and heartwarming :”) Helping to flatten the curve doesn’t mean you’ve gotten fatten those curves! Shout out to People’s team for organising these activities.

Learnings 💡

“Don’t miss the window to make permanent changes in a temporary situation.”

  1. This is the best period to be the change you want to be and change the things that you want to see. There is no better period than this. Inspired by Pastor How from HOGC: “Don’t miss the window to make permanent changes in a temporary situation.” Word.
  2. You can be positive and find opportunities in a crisis. Your mind determines your actions. With a mind full of possibilities, it changes what we see and what we seek. There were so many initiatives that were sparked off due to this Covid-19 situation by the company. It’s inspiring to see everyone hustling doubly hard when the world seems to be slowing down.
  3. Loving, caring or looking out for one another shouldn’t be out of convenience. It requires a lot of effort to stay connected as a team and it doesn’t happen by mere chance. Making the team feel connected is a lot more intentional we think. When the Circuit Breaker is over, I hope that I will continue to put the same effort in staying connected to my teammates and cherish these memories together (especially those abroad).

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