Since 2020, most of us have been working remotely at home. A few of us not only found our lives readjusted but we also learned to adapt to working remotely in locations we never anticipated a year ago. This week we caught up with Evelina, our Customer Success Manager. Recently she relocated to Sweden and has been guiding our virtual and hybrid events as she is settling into life in Scandinavia.
Was it difficult for you to work remotely while personally adjusting to a new place?
When I moved at the end of the summer; there were not many events at work to attend to. It allowed me to focus on hiring new colleagues; which was done via video call. This lighter workload allowed me to process any necessary documents I needed to file locally. Naturally, this schedule made exploring my new city possible. So much has changed at Happenee, since I left. We have a number of new colleagues in our team which removed a lot of pressure from us.
What is the biggest challenge of working remotely?
I had an idea of what it would be like but I wasn't prepared for the loneliness of being on home office. If I work in a café, I'm at the computer and not really there to socialise. The loss of an opportunity to share moments with colleagues is difficult. Before relocating, I lived outside of Prague. I could commute in a day or two per week. It was meaningful for me to have lunch or catch up over a coffee with everyone. Being remote may seem great but being entirely remote also has drawbacks.
How do you stay in touch with your colleagues?
We try to stay in touch as often as we can. With the Customer Success team, we meet regularly in daily stand-ups. As for catching with other teams, we do get a chance to talk during our online meetings. I try to share what's new but there's not always for it. A good solution I found is to catch up before or just after a meeting with everyone. That has helped a lot.