A Community of Colleagues
As with most organizations, Caloris upended its sense of community when we moved quickly (in the early days of the pandemic) to adapt our business to the resulting new challenges. The pandemic changed the way we all work together. Where we formerly operated within a traditional office environment (with in-person camaraderie and the natural collaborations that spring from face-to-face, daily interaction), March of 2020 saw us move suddenly and completely to remote officing.
We initially feared that our transition to a virtual office environment would prove awkward, yet it was seamless thanks to the flexibility of our employees and their quick adaptation of online collaboration technologies. In fact, the strong sense of community amongst colleagues, which anchored the Caloris culture, remains lively and robust!
Maintaining Community: Teamwork in a Virtual Workplace
The previous in-person camaraderie morphed into collaborations centered on various projects and deliverables to be achieved. We were pleased to realize the continued high level of engagement and teamwork. The collegiality amongst our employees survived the transition to remote work.
Bottom line: Our people don’t like to let each other down. We remain committed to each other and continue to be a good place to work, even if most of our employees are working from their home offices.
There have been other benefits from our transition to a remote workplace. Several of us were able to move back to our original hometowns and be closer to our families. The improvement to the work/life balance has been a boon for many.
We still have a physical office where we come together in smaller groups periodically for in-person meetings. We also look for chances to pull employees together, even if just for a dinner outing. And, of course, we look forward to gathering as a full company over the holidays.