Looking back to last year’s event and the technology that has helped a country communicate and learn during a pandemic.

This time last year we had just finished our annual technology event in Leeds for customers and were wondering what the future held with the news so focused around COVID. Little did we know that we were about to be in a yearlong lock down.

Changing landscape of work and the use of technology Part 2 - The New Normal

It seems like a distant memory since colleagues were able to meet together in the same room, online meetings have become commonplace. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout well underway, we are all optimistic about a return to ‘normal’ life. Although the new ‘normal’ may be a little different with everyone being in the meeting room at the same time possibly something of the past.

We need to look at new ways of working and this may include being back in the same room, it may be a complete shift away from this with many employees requesting to work from home, or more likely a combination of the two and a Hybrid model, combining the benefits of flexible working, with the benefits of spending time together in the office.

Teaching over the last decade had already seen a change towards more collaborative methods of teaching with students having access to lectures through lecture capture after the event. Some institutions were taking this further with lectures and seminars pre-recorded for students to digest before catching up in the seminar and discussing the subject in more depth.

There is no denying, those early adopters of a digital way of working have excelled in the Pandemic, they were ahead of the game and did not lose valuable time transferring to a home office environment.

Working life during the last 6 months has seen a massive step change. A simple 5 minute conversation across the office has had to turn into either a telephone call or online meeting. The discussion around how effective this is can be saved for another time. What cannot be saved however is talking about how effective meetings are.

The need for effective meetings has never been more important. Many employees before lockdown would say they were involved in too many meetings and that few or little were effective in achieving any real results.