secondly, we will start to learn from the experiences throughout the phase of restrictions. we started to develop habits for video conferences. we learned how to use virtual whiteboards, document collaboration tools and other communication devices. some things turned out to work better than expected. others have been rather disappointing.
as can be seen, the most interesting aspect was a pro & con-discussion which started to gain momentum. “yeah, maybe a couple of things didn’t work out well and sometimes the connection was bad. but, you know, I realized that not travelling not only saves cost for my company and reduces the co2-footprint. it also takes away personal stress and burden.”
there is a win-win-win situation. companies win (agility, resilience, savings for meeting-related travel and consumptions). the environment wins (co2 reductions) and employees win (reduced stress). as Bill Gates puts it: “there will be some things, like business trips, that I doubt will ever come back. I mean, there will be business trips, but less.” we don’t think that we will return to business as usual once the covid-19 restrictions are lifted.