Like many other organisations in the world right now, we have been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
As an SME in the manufacturing sector, we have changed our operating practices and have rigid protocols in place to protect our team members, customers and suppliers. Many of our team have been working from home since the Government announced the closure of schools to those who were not classed as key workers on March 18th.
During this unprecedented time, even though we speak to our team daily and ‘work’ has not stopped we were keen to reflect and understand how our team members are feeling and adapting to our new ‘virtual’ office, and this period in time.
We spoke with one of our Mechanical Design Engineer’s, Michele Pollastri who has worked at CNC Robotics since 2017.
“Before COVID-19 for the majority of jobs that we do we would say “I am going to work”. We would get the train, drive a car and physically take ourselves to our places of work, we would sit at the computer. Our thinking was somewhat rigid and we believed that this is the only way to create and invent.
Now that travel and human contact have been limited, we find ourselves in a condition where we have to work from home.
We have realised that it is still possible to communicate, but in a different ‘virtual’ way. We are more flexible in creating and developing new ideas. Our expression is now “I Work”. Work is not confined or limited to set hours or places.
Unlike in our open-plan office, now that we are restricted to working from home, we receive less input or suggestion from our colleagues, supervisors and managers. I feel that these circumstances and conditions have stimulated and encouraged our minds to come up with new and creative ideas.