B: I think my top learning from the Covid situation was to adapt the way information flows between different people. For example, not being able to have talks at the coffee machine pushed me to be more organized overall. The communication through the planning software is more formal compared to personalized, casual and routine gatherings.
After some time, you recognize that it is harder to 'sense the temperature' in the group. Video calling does not allow for eye contact, body language etc. and consequently they are also more energy demanding for everyone.
D: I think my personal learning is about being more efficient with communication and taking the initiative to engage in discussions on a regular basis. In short, you cannot turn your back to your colleagues anymore… If you do, expect to see an undesired result rapidly afterwards.
This works in both ways: if you need to reach out to someone, you should not be afraid to call that person directly. You shouldn’t overestimate the risk that you are bothering that person, you need to make the next step before it gets delayed further - especially when you are organizing and preparing for multiple installations.
A final tip is to turn down notifications after a fixed hour at night. Although it was hard to find a balance between ‘work life’ and ‘home life’ at first, fixing a specific time frame for both is crucial.