As the Digital team at Tearfund, we’ve been trying really hard to have regular and open conversations about how we are working together in these very different times!
Transparency and accountability feels more important and necessary than ever. Really understanding how we are feeling and being authentic about sharing this isn’t always easy, but totally necessary to connect with each other and support each other in the best way possible.
To understand how everyone is getting on, we ran a digital team retrospective to review the last few weeks of remote working.
We followed the format: Liked, Longed, Lacked and Learned (there are loads of formats out there) and here is a summary of what we shared:
LIKED — the things we are liking 👍
- As a team, we are loving using Slack both for work-related tasks and also for more social conversations. We didn’t use it before, we mainly used Google Hangouts but it’s filling a good gap!
- Cancelled meetings — it feels like we are being a lot more ruthless about whether a meeting needs to happen or not.
- As a team, we are enjoying having online casual fun and team time. For example, playing the drawing game (Sketchful), having chats at the start of meetings and we enjoyed the user manual exercise we did together a couple of weeks back.
- We are appreciating having lunch with our families and being able to exercise during the working day if we want to.
LONGED — the things we are longing for 😣
- Lunchtime chats / banter and having face-to-face non-work conversation. Basically, we REALLY miss being with people with no agenda!
- Sidra (the best eatery in Teddington)/ Pub/ Spontaneous drinks Tuesdays!
- A day without LOTS of hangouts/ zoom calls.
LACKED — the things we feel are lacking 🤷♀️
- Walking around the office and more casually seeing a wide range of people / teams.
- A significant separation between work life and home life.
LEARNED — the things we have learned 👨🎓
- Working remotely can be really great at times — we have a strong sense of team and we feel well equipped to work remotely. We’ve found it easy to adapt and have really embraced it.
- Tracking your time at home is a bit harder — it’s easy to work longer hours so it’s important to have strong and defined boundaries.
- Facilitating online takes a lot more preparation and energy. But on the plus side, we’re learning to lead much better meetings.
None of these observations or comments are ground-breaking in themselves. But it’s great to have gone through this exercise together (another workshop we ran using Mural) and to have shared individually and collectively.
We are now working on prioritising a few specific actions to address the chunkier themes that came up. And we’ll keep talking about how it’s going for us all as we cycle through challenges and learn as we go.