With the country changing rapidly, now is the time to support each other, both personally and professionally, and to keep communication flowing stronger than ever.
I don’t need to tell you that the world has changed beyond measure over the last few weeks. Things are changing fast and we’re having to alter our routines every day to keep up. On Monday, we were sat around the table in the Earthworm office talking through our plans for the week, not realising that by the end of it, most of us would be working from home indefinitely, figuring out how to shrink our lives down into our own four walls.
Increasingly in business there has been a focus on bringing your whole self to work and promoting the flexibility to fit your home and work-life neatly around each other. Now that idea has been squashed into a pressure cooker and, although it definitely won’t be perfect, it’s our job to make what comes out as good as possible.
As a business, we’re lucky. Our systems and set ups are already designed for effective remote working, and we have teammates who were rarely based in the office before it became advised – so the idea isn’t completely unknown to us. But more importantly, we have frequent, honest and open communication with each other. So we’re continuing with business as usual, as best we can.
A business is made of people, and good people make a good business. Of course, there are other factors too, but communication is critical. Especially when there are potentially hundreds of miles between you. As one person you can only take on so much, but as a team or community? Your potential expands exponentially.
Here at Earthworm we have a job to do, for our teammates, our investors, the Earthworm community and ultimately our environment. And we’re doing it through close collaboration and conversations, both with each other and with our investee companies. That won’t change.
We’re all going to have our own unique challenges during this tricky time, so will need to lean on each other more than ever, both personally and professionally. That goes for friends, colleagues, family, neighbours, communities – all the people you are connected to. Everything we do at Earthworm is based around our values, and they’ve never seemed so important, or relevant than now:
So let’s keep going and dealing with the hands that are dealt. But always look for the bright side. For one, as work and travel patterns have changed, levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some cities and regions are showing significant drops. Where some businesses are adapting and adopting more flexible working patterns where possible, we also have the opportunity to reflect on our changed habits and reevaluate how we could do things differently for our environment when the worst is over.
As for us here at Earthworm, we’ll only start to worry when we start to lose our sense of humour. And if our recent internal messages are anything to go by, I think we’ll be just fine…