Amsource are delighted to be collaborating with MURAL on our next online event and the final part of our remote working trilogy – this time focused of Remote Culture and Collaboration.
The event will feature MURAL’s own Head of Culture and Collaboration, Laïla von Alvensleben, and we caught up with her to find out more about her relationship with remote working and what she wants attendees to take away from our session.
A: Can you give us an overview of your career to date and what your position at MURAL entails?
L: As Head of Culture and Collaboration, my role is a hybrid between helping everyone at MURAL feel united behind our vision, organise company events and internal communication, share best practices on remote collaboration and support leadership.
What is your experience of remote working both pre and post the COVID-19 pandemic?
I've been working remotely and advocating for this workstyle since 2014, so working from home wasn't a novelty to me. However, working from home is different during a pandemic because there's an additional layer of stress and isolation that is much more intense than usual. Pre COVID-19, I was free to work in other locations like coworking spaces or a friend's house. Now it's clearly not the case and that lack of choice can feel suffocating at times, even for those who are used to working remotely.
How important do you believe the culture and collaboration component of remote working to be?
It's really key to have culture and collaboration top of mind in any company, but especially more so for distributed teams because this will affect how people communicate, how teams align and ultimately how connected teammates feel despite the geographical distances that separate them.
It's even more complex in hybrid companies that have both offices and remote team members because there's a mix of practices from a traditional office culture and remote culture. With time, we can build in new habits and rituals that can overlap and satisfy the needs of both, but it takes a lot of trial and error.
What are you hoping that our webinar attendees will take away from your presentation?
I've heard a lot of complaints about working from home in the past months, understandably when it's been forced onto companies in our current global context. I hope that participants will understand that it takes time to adapt to new ways of working and collaborative processes, and won't give up due to initial hardships.
If somebody was thinking of coming to the webinar but not completely sold on the idea, what would you say to persuade them it was a worthwhile use of their time?
Culture is fundamental for any company. The fact that people don't give it enough attention is what causes a lot of issues at work. Be one of those people who actually give a damn so you can help your workplace be better! I bet you'll learn at least ONE new thing you can take away with you and apply in your teams.