Working in technology, managing an ever-changing landscape and juggling demanding priorities is nothing new. But even with a mindset of agility and a business built to be nimble, no one could predict the impact COVID-19 would have.
As organizations around the world scrambled to readjust, I’m proud of the way my colleagues at Perficient have adapted and gone above and beyond to use their individual skills and experiences to support the fight on COVID-19 — and each other.
Perficient Colleagues Quickly Readjust and Rally
Immediately, the employee network activated. Working from home tips and articles were exchanged and even produced, creating a hub of remote working information where employees can learn and contribute their own lessons and experiences. A public response immediately came out pointing to the fact that while we didn’t know it was going to be called “COVID-19,” we knew that there would someday, somewhere be a disaster and we would have a plan and know exactly what to do.
As laptops were set up in home offices around the globe, we basically personified the word “pivot”. Internal communications and self-serve information gave employees updates while not overloading communication channels to protect mental health and still provide transparency.
A Workforce That’s Ready, Willing, and Able
As our remote work began, the lifestyle changed, but the culture did not. In fact, I would argue that it’s grown. Seeing how my fellow colleagues have come together to support their communities, their teams, and especially each other has confirmed this is truly a place I want to be.
Knowing we can adjust quickly to continue serving customers brings a sense of pride and security. Trusting we have the best people in the business is proven in so many ways. Here’s just a sample of the Perficient response.
- Perficient’s Digital Insights For Enterprise Action on COVID-19 was rapidly released and continues to grow.
- A COVID-19 Internal Hackathon was launched to create solutions to support the fight on the pandemic.
- Webinars and articles on navigating the crisis are continually deployed.
Below, Organizational Change Management expert and Chief Strategist, David Chapman‘s webinar on “Enabling Employee Collaboration Amid COVID-19” shines the light on how companies can best approach collaboration.
Connecting with Coworkers While Quarantined
Video calls quickly became the norm as everything from job interviews and team meetings to book clubs and bridal showers (we celebrate as much as we can here!) quickly became virtual.
With the need to connect now deeper than ever, colleagues have prioritized checking in on each other and utilizing as much virtual face-to-face communication as possible, even creating virtual lunches, live work sessions, game nights and happy hours galore to substitute IRL contact.
I have faith this “new normal” won’t be forever, but I’m not ignorant to how things will indefinitely change. What brings me reassurance is faith in Perficient’s ability to adapt. We all know a company is built up of people, and with what my fellow colleagues have demonstrated through this monumental time, I have no doubt our future is as resilient as ever.
At Perficient, we continually look for ways to champion and challenge our talented workforce with interesting projects for high-profile clients, encourage personal and professional growth through training and mentoring, and celebrate our people-oriented culture and the innovative ways they serve Perficient and the community.