With the strict measures put in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak, we have now fully closed the White Light Media office.
The team have all been working from home since government guidance was given, however Managing and Creative Director Eric Campbell had been overseeing operations from White Light HQ in Leith.
That way of working is no longer feasible, so we've turned off the lights for the foreseeable future and the whole team will be based from home.
It's business as usual for all of our clients and suppliers. You won't experience any change in how we speak with you, service your projects and deal with enquiries. It's a different way of working for us, but one we are adapting to quickly, in a typical White Light way.
Responding to change - and keeping up traditions
Adapting to working life under COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges for the world's office workers - ourselves included. How can we possibly ensure the same levels of clear communication, close collaboration and top-class camaraderie that we enjoy in our studio in Leith? After a week of remote working, here are a few strategies that have worked for us - and brought a sense of normality to a situation that is anything but.
Twice daily video chats have kept our team connected. We've found that Google Meet (previously Hangouts) works a treat - with Zoom or Microsoft Teams also proving popular. Beyond the benefits to our workflow though, we've used these virtual conferences to keep our spirits up. At the end of each day, we have taken it in turns to host a quiz - whether it be online (like this movie pictogram one on Sporcle) or one of our own design. This has been a great way for us to round off each day.
For years, it has been our tradition to see out the last half-hour of Friday afternoon with a drink – and Friday 20th March was no different. We gathered via video chat and caught up with the day’s activity over our tipples of choice. Amidst all the upheaval, it's important to keep some things the same.
Be kind to yourself
With relatives to check up on, children to entertain, and Netflix calling your name, it can be tough to stay productive whilst at home. With this in mind, we've all agreed to be kind to ourselves – and recognise that focus comes and goes. It’s important to not be too hard on yourself. Our advice is to speak to your colleagues about your struggles and work out a strategy to get back on track together. We’ve found breaking down our workload into smaller, more manageable tasks with defined time limits, removing nearby distractions and planning our tomorrow today have all helped immensely.
Business as usual
In these trying times, business continuity, community support and a savvy communication strategy are essential. With this in mind, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if we can help you to offer peace of mind to your employees, clients or stakeholders.
Wishing you all health and positivity,
Eric and the White Light Media team