6 impressions from our new life as a video conference
Times have changed at breakneck speed, haven't they? In any case, it was business as usual for us yesterday.
Times have changed at breakneck speed, haven't they? In any case, business as usual was yesterday for us.
As it stands, SPRYLAB's top priority is and always has been the health and safety of our employees and our community, including our customers, partners and prospects.
In addition to health and safety, the success of our customers is most important to us. In these uncertain times, we see it as our job to ensure that you can distribute your magazine or newspaper content digitally to your readers.
Even if your print distribution is temporarily affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, we will work to ensure that you continue to reach your readers.
Here are 6 adjustments we've made to help you get through this unprecedented time.
1 Customer Success
We work tirelessly to ensure that you find rapid solutions to your new requirements. And we won't let up, that much we can promise!
To allow more of our team to actively work on customer projects, we began moving resources from Sales at the beginning of March. We are also fortunate that our Customer Success team will be getting reinforcements as of April 1.
Meanwhile, it's actually superfluous to mention: But all our activities and projects continue as usual, of course. We are still well equipped to maintain our productivity in a virtual environment. If you have any questions, our Customer Success staff is of course still available for daily meetings, calls, emails and chat.
At SPRYLAB, we are there for each other. In exceptional situations like these, that was particularly important. Although we were physically separated, we have moved even closer together as a team in recent weeks. This was the only way we could adapt to the new situation at such short notice.
Here are some impressions of my colleagues from the home office:
"The switch to 100% remote has worked almost seamlessly. The meetings and the scrum process also work well via video chat. Despite everything, I miss the spontaneous conversations at the coffee machine. But here we are already trying out different virtual alternatives."
- Arthur Silber, Software Development Lead
"I'm so glad we have a garden and my kids can play outside. I also look at the clock less often. We can even have a spontaneous barbecue at lunchtime and then go back to work. But I spend most of my time right now next to the toaster in the eat-in kitchen, organizing job interviews."
- Gergana Schumacher, Management Assistant
"I find working from home refreshingly different. I especially like the excellent coffee and the full refrigerator. I also enjoy working on the balcony in the sun. My only challenge is to find a suitable structure and stick to it in a disciplined way."
- Tobias Vecker, Business Development Manager
"For me, not that much has changed. I often do home office in my normal working day and have two screens and a comfortable desk chair for that. But I have to admit that I get more distracted at home compared to the office. However, I compensate for that pretty well by working longer hours."
- Duc Anh Pham, Web Developer
"The fact that I no longer have to travel to work means that I now have more time to practice the piano and do sports, which is a good side effect. Nevertheless, I really miss having varied lunch breaks with my colleagues. I'm also starting to run out of ideas for lunch."
- Esra Celebi, Head of Marketing
Communication has been a huge issue for us in the current situation. Our motto in the home office is "It's better to talk on the phone or chat with each other once too often than too little" - whether with our customers, employees or partners.
By the way, our favorite collaboration tool at SPRYLAB has long been Microsoft Teams. Recently, there has also been a company-wide policy that all conversations should be conducted with video. On the one hand, this allows us to maintain effective communication (non-verbal communication) and on the other hand, it brings us much closer to a face-to-face meeting.
Another anchor that helps us a lot is our meeting structure. Daily stand-ups and team meetings, as well as our weekly 1:1 conversations, continue to provide focus and team spirit. It is of great importance for us to maintain this habit in the home office as well. To prevent isolation, our other meeting rituals such as Virtual Kitchen Talks, Blind Lunch Dates and the monthly All Hands Breakfast continue to take place as video conferences.
4 Virtual exchange
We have given a lot of thought to how we can best help you during this difficult time. How do we strike the right note? Where do we best meet you now that almost all personal meetings and events have been postponed?
We've come to the conclusion that it's especially helpful in these times to share more with others and learn from each other. At SPRYLAB, for example, we are thinking of more live webinars with Q&A and, above all, more personal videos from our CEO Stephan Heck in which he shares his personal perspective or tries to help.
5 Health and hygiene
At SPRYLAB, we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to work entirely from home.
Of course, we have aligned all of our business and personal hygiene and safety standards with government recommendations. In addition, we try to protect ourselves and those around us with several other regulations.
Strict restriction of our physical social contacts, home office and staying at home, regular extensive hand washing and keeping the minimum distance of 1.5 meters are indispensable for us.
Our corporate philosophy is to deal with this situation with empathy, creativity and speed.
I'm speaking mainly for myself now, but I also know that some of my colleagues feel the same way: Because despite the current exceptional situation, I also feel something like gratitude.
I'm thankful for all the people in so-called system-relevant professions who literally keep things running.
And grateful that we work in an industry that is comparatively less severely affected.
We hope this information is helpful in understanding how we at SPRYLAB have responded to the current crisis.
Most importantly, we care about ensuring that you, as part of our community, can continue to respond quickly to any further change in circumstances.
If you have any questions or concerns, simply contact our support team. We can be reached by email or phone at 030 2362 5895 65.
We look forward to experiencing better days together again. Stay healthy!