Almost 500 people work in our company, and before the coronavirus epidemic, we already knew a lot about distributed work. Some of the employees sat in the office on Borovaya, some on Korovinsky highway, had their own landing in St. Petersburg. In March, we switched to udalenka in 1 day, and everything turned around: conf-calls, video conferences, work chats.
The flow of information grew, work processes were quickly rebuilt, but we wanted to maintain our informal atmosphere. We found a replacement for standard meetings, but what about the smoltoks in the cooler and in the smoking room? What to do if you can no longer exchange news in the queue for coffee and jam in the music room after dinner? We were afraid that without the usual rituals and communication we would begin to feel sad.
In line for coffee, we were charged with mood, chatting with a barista and learning the news.
Telegram channel and chat
First of all, we created a Telegram channel for operational news and a chat flood. The chat has the rules of respectful communication. The rest is free space for discussing news, technology, recipes or pets.
While sharing photos of home offices, we learned that python lives with a colleague.
To understand that people feel normal, we launch surveys in the channel a couple of times a week. With the help of the channel, we also collect ideas for joint movement and watch how they enter. For example, this is how employees began to do yoga together.
At some point, the chat conversation turned to music. We wanted to collect our green playlist and share it on social networks, and in the end we discussed our favorite tracks until late at night. Here’s what got into the final music selection: