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Keeping calm and carrying on during the COVID-19 crisis

Meesha La Barre explains how the Operations Team has helped make building a virtual Pegasus possible.

We all work remotely from time to time so this isn’t a totally new world for us, but these are unprecedented times. Ensuring 120-plus Pegasus employees, who share a network with thousands more Ashfield Healthcare Communications staff, could access everything from the comfort of their kitchen table was a very new experience!

It all became very real the day we were given the instruction to work from home for an indefinite period of time – a first for all of us. Luckily, we’d already tested our software successfully, identified potential problem areas and worked through some final alterations to ensure we were confident in moving into an extended period of remote working, however long it may be.

It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible without the flexibility and cooperation from the whole Peg team, so a huge thanks goes to everyone for being resourceful and understanding.

Aside from the practical digital connections, working from home can mean human connections can easily be lost. That’s why we’re using our creative comms expertise to get people talking. Here are some of the things we’ve done so far to create our virtual Pegasus in our first week WFH!

  • 15 minute mindfulness sessions each week, led by our HR Business Partner Alannah Carr
  • the Pegasus Spotify playlist curated by our employees. If there was ever a time for music that makes you feel great, it’s now. Give our first playlist a listen and watch out for more in the coming weeks!
  • we didn’t let anything get in the way of our planned ‘Peg Quiz’ this month. Instead, we used a digital quizzing platform delivered by our very own Master of Quizzes, Breege Kelly
  • embarrassing drawing of a Pegasus parent? Yes please! We’ve challenged our miniature home schoolers to a drawing competition – nice and simple, a portrait of your Pegasus parent. They’ll be judged by the whole agency once all the entries are received – we’ll be sure to share some of the entries on our social, so give us a follow if you haven’t already
  • we’re connecting communities of people across the business, such as groups for parents with varying ages of children and carers, so they can create support one another through this time

And it’s working – more than 100 colleagues are dialling into our weekly all-company catch ups, making it a real highlight!

As the weeks go by, it will become increasingly important to keep people feeling part of the wider team. By nurturing these connections, it will mean when we do return to the office, our relationships with one another will go deeper than before.

Have you got your own WFH ideas to share? Drop me a email as we’d love to hear from you.