Work in a Time of Isolation: How Explorers are Staying Connected and Engaged

Written by Explorance.

Explorance, like many companies worldwide, has asked employees to work remotely for the safety of everyone in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Now, our Culture of Freewill empowers our employees to work remotely when and as needed, but this is one of the few times in more than 16 years of operation that our offices are near empty.

For the most part, Explorers are a social bunch, so we knew that social distancing wouldn’t stop us from “hanging out.” So, when someone suggested via our company-wide communication channel that we should share pictures of our remote workstations, a new meaning to virtual office space was created.

Slowly but surely photos started trickling in

It was interesting to see how colleagues from across the globe were working. It was interesting to see the items they kept around them and how much we all have in common – as well as our differences. When you go into the office, you know what to expect. Everyone has a desk. Everyone has little trinkets, papers, cups, photos, etc. It becomes routine – not that any of these things are bad, mind you.

Browsing through the photos that were shared, it gave us all a little insight into how every Explorer prefers to work. Some were at a simple desk, some in the kitchen, some in the living room, dining room, on their couch, on their bed. It’s fascinating to compare my work surroundings to my fellow Explorers.


A game of ‘Where’s Waldo’ commenced

It appeared we have some eagle-eyed Explorers, who started pointing out little details others hadn’t noticed in the photos that were posted. It became a game to find the one random thing in the pictures, and soon enough, everyone was playing along when they had a moment. Some even got a little roast – all in good fun, of course.

  • What’s that on your shelf?
  • How many screens do you need?
  • What are those books?
  • What’s in that cup?

It was a fun activity to break the monotony of staying in to stay safe. It brought us all closer in this time of social distancing. Physically we may be apart, but through our spirit, camaraderie, and sense of humor, we are still connected.

It appears photos of pets are being shared next. Stay tuned for pictures of many cute cats, dogs, squirrels, and who knows what else.

Stay safe, everyone.

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