As we reach 100 days of lockdown, life before coronavirus almost feels a distant memory.\r\n\r\nAt Fluidly, we went remote slightly earlier than the government advised. I wanted to make the call with enough time for people to prepare mentally - and to collect things from the office - and I think this really helped with our transition.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWe\u2019re also a pretty digitally-savvy company, and already had a fairly flexible working policy, so our team adapted very quickly.\r\n\r\nIn lots of ways we\u2019re able to be more agile, work more efficiently and we\u2019ve made some fantastic inroads with the product thanks to minimal distractions.\r\n\r\nBut, even for us, it\u2019s been a learning curve. And for other more traditional businesses and industries, I can only imagine what a tough time it\u2019s been - especially in cases where staff weren\u2019t adequately equipped to work remotely, or companies didn\u2019t have the necessary collaborative software and tools.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve definitely learnt some really important lessons, and while there\u2019s lots I miss about seeing my team and being in the office, there\u2019s some things I\u2019ll want to take forward from this strange period.\r\n\r\nA more flexible office space\r\n\r\nThis seems obvious. There\u2019s no denying that remote working will become even more commonplace. But while I was already comfortable with staff working flexibly, I don\u2019t think anyone was prepared for quite how well we would be able to adapt. And for the clear benefits for lots of people, of less time wasted commuting and being with family more.\u00a0\r\n\r\nPlus there\u2019s clearly a cost-saving for lots of businesses too, if they can relook at their physical office space.\r\n\r\nWe gathered feedback from the team and we definitely don\u2019t want to go entirely remote, but we probably only need capacity for 50-60% of employees at any one time.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThis means we can re-evaluate our office options, and I want to make sure I really think about a solution that will allow us to get the balance right.\r\n\r\nBring our whole selves to work\r\n\r\nIronically, there have been times where isolated lockdown has allowed us to feel more connected than ever.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWhile we\u2019ve had to talk over a video screen, the nature of the last few months has meant we\u2019ve been constantly interrupted by pets, children, deliveries and who knows what else.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve also seen into each other\u2019s homes, seen our colleagues in an entirely new context - and learnt new things about who our team are outside of work.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve really missed impromptu kitchen chats in the office, which a virtual call can never quite recreate, but I hope we can continue to bring our whole selves to work more.\r\n\r\nIncreased efficiency\r\n\r\nI think there\u2019s a real misconception about working from home that it may hamper productivity.\u00a0\r\n\r\nCertainly it can be easier to get distracted by household tasks, especially if you don\u2019t have a dedicated workspace. But, when you are zoned in to work mode, it can be super efficient.\r\n\r\nTrying to juggle homelife with work has also enabled me to have a laser-like focus when I do have working hours.\u00a0\r\n\r\nPlus, with virtual meetings, people are rarely more than a couple of minutes late, which means a lot less wasted time. With no travelling to contend with, there are no excuses, but equally there\u2019s something about not being face-to-face with someone that makes conversations easier to keep timely. There\u2019s a lot less digression.\r\n\r\nIn some ways it\u2019s a shame to lose some of the more conversational chat, as that\u2019s what really helps forge connections, but there\u2019s a lesson in keeping meetings sharp that I\u2019d like to continue.\r\n\r\nKeep up the agility and innovation\r\n\r\nCrisis often leads to remarkable agility and innovation. You only need to look at some of the things that have been achieved in record time over the last few months to see that.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe Nightingale Hospital was built in just 10-15 days and brands have pivoted their business models entirely in a matter of weeks.\u00a0\r\n\r\nAnd while I certainly wouldn\u2019t wish for continual turmoil, it is incredible to see the creativity that emerges when people are faced with what feels like insurmountable problems.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe issue is that in day-to-day life, we tend to focus always on substitutions - even when we\u2019re trying to make improvements. We think how we can save time and cost by switching X for Y. But we should be thinking about additions, new ways of creating superpowers.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s a fantastic anecdote from a business called The Jubilee Project which asked the same question to both children and adults around what would they change about their bodies. Adults say things like \u201cBe taller\u201d but children are much less constrained in their thinking. They say \u201cI want a mermaid\u2019s tail so I could swim faster\u201d.\r\n\r\nThis period of change is a real opportunity for us to create a new set of superheroes - and I\u2019m determined to try to keep that culture at Fluidly even as things settle down.