The golden thread of culture
For most companies, working from home has generally been a success but is it sustainable in the long term? The danger is that if solely working from home becomes the norm, the more likely it is that the golden thread of corporate culture unravels. A distinctive, resilient culture is difficult to create in the first place and underpins business success. Body language, powerful elements of communication, spontaneous ideas generation, unscheduled ‘coffee machine’ chats can be missed on scheduled video calls. Building effective relationships, teamwork, support, training, and development cannot all be achieved successfully and sustainably remotely.
Many businesses are struggling to lead themselves out of lockdown. Caution is understandable but we must lead with positivity. Certainly, our Eton Bridge clients have been increasingly keen to meet us face to face, in real life. There’s no single prescription for returning to the workplace and keeping employees safe is paramount: we’ve let our return to the office evolve naturally, by giving people the autonomy, the tools and the bandwidth to do their job in the way that best works for them. It’s essential for leaders to listen, to show emotional intelligence and understand how employees feel.
The past six months have been extraordinarily positive for Eton Bridge Partners. We’ve adopted new technologies and new ways of working; we’ve invested in our client and candidate relationships; we’ve appointed eight first rate people. Above all, our values of ‘Trust, Spirit and Excellence’ and the care, consideration and support for each other have shone throughout. We are optimistic about what comes next, ready to play our part in the recovery, and help our clients do the same.