Finding our rhythm in this new world
August 25, 2021
Why, how and where we all work has shifted massively over these past 18 months or so. Now, as the world starts to open up, it’s all about making work work for us, both as a collective and as individuals. And as we all try to find our new rhythm in this ever-evolving world, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is how exactly we're figuring it out.
For us, it’s all about finding that all important balance. There’s no doubt that remote working has its benefits, but this past year or so has also highlighted that nothing quite makes up for face-to-face collaboration, and the value it brings to creativity, innovation, and culture. It’s been a learning curve, and no doubt it will continue to adapt and evolve over time, but here’s what’s working for us right now.
We have one set team day a week every Tuesday - a day where we all head into the depot_ and prioritise being together, face-to-face. And by face-to-face, that’s exactly what we mean - it’s a completely Zoom free day. Instead, it’s a day for us to be creative, to innovate, to bounce ideas around, and to just have fun - together as a team.
The rest of the week is entirely flexible around project work and life. In general, we’re finding people tend to stay at home on Mondays and Fridays, with Wednesdays and Thursdays being more malleable around projects, life, or just how people are feeling that day.
Our workspace, and how we adapted it, has also had a huge impact in enabling us to be completely flexible. A good while ago, we designed our studio to support our people and needs at that time, and for many years it did just that. But now times have changed, and with everyone adopting a much more flexible approach to how and where we all choose to work, it was time for the space to change too.
And that’s what we did - we created, what we believe, to be the workspace of the future. A space to showcase new ideas and bring people together, it mixes contemporary art, music, co-working, a coffee shop, talks, classes, events and everyday life. It’s still our home, but it’s now also a hub for the local community - and beyond. Clients, partners and friends can pop along for a meeting, and then pull up a chair to work for an hour or so before heading to their next meeting. It’s a space for anyone and everyone.
It’s still early days, and no doubt how we all work will continue to adapt and evolve with the world. But we’ve now got a space and a culture that can adapt and evolve with us - supporting us however we choose to work.