Anyone wants coffee?
At the moment I'm writing this, I'm sitting behind my improvised home office which will change back into my daily dining table in a few hours, because we're still in the corona era. The coffee and tea tray at the office with the names of my colleagues and mine has been biting dust for almost six months while previously working overtime. I haven't heard the general question: 'Who wants coffee?' in ages and I miss it. Because a cup of coffee, made with love by one of my colleagues (that's what I'm assuming), can't compete with a cup of coffee five meters from my current workplace!
Do you recognize this? All those changes that the corona period brings with it? No more lunch with stories of the weekend, but a look in the living rooms of your colleagues. No more discussions about whether to turn up the heating, but improvised virtual company events. The subject of working from home is also put in a whole new light. Now that working from home has become the new normal, there are plenty of discussions as to whether this will remain the new normal. For example, it appears that the proportion of homeworkers who expect to work from home after the corona time has increased from around 25% at the beginning of the corona time, to 45% in July. Finally, there is also the environment, because due to the corona crisis, everyone has traveled less, which shows a positive effect on CO2 emissions.
What I like about the corona era is that people have started to 'rethink'. We wonder how we can make the best of it in spite of the unpleasant situation. A sudden change in our daily rhythm and the 'limiting' of space has made us look for alternative solutions. Think, for example, of the much-discussed breathing mask created from a diving mask, or the rediscovery of (creative) hobbies. Hobbies that you can practice at a safe distance or for which you normally probably didn't have time.
We also went outside massively and participated in pub quizzes from our living rooms. In the HagaZiekenhuis, the so-called Green Team was set up to focus on sustainable developments, such as protective masks made of recycled plastic. These are just a few great initiatives, but of course there are many more examples.
At Bexter, of course, we also had to look for creative solutions. How can you continue to do your work as well as possible from home, how can we remain a united team despite seeing each other less often, and how can we keep it as safe as possible when we can go to the office more often? We have taken several measures, some of which you can see here. In addition, the recent period has given both the employer and the employee new material to think about. Working from home, for example, has been good in many situations. Perhaps this offers perspective for the future. But what does it involve and how can we at Bexter continue to think about it?
How to go further?
I hope that we will continue to apply the positive effects of corona both at Bexter and in daily life. It appears that people have begun to think more consciously about the climate. It would be nice if we continue to look for solutions to this problem. At Bexter, for example, we offer a solution to register your reusable and sustainable packaging. No more unnecessary paperwork, but everything in the cloud. We will continue to look for (environmentally friendly) creative solutions in the future.
So let's all keep re-thinking and if we continue to do that, I ask myself the question: 'Roelien would you like some more coffee? And I will gladly pour that cup of coffee to myself again.