A year has passed since The Corpus closed its offices due to the pandemic and the Prime Minister asked us all to work from home ‘for a few weeks’. Three national lockdowns later and the team has now been working from home for an entire year – a long time to be apart by anyone’s standards.
So, to mark this strange anniversary, we asked everyone at The Corpus what they have been up to over the past 12 months and what they have learned.
Virtual meetings well and truly became an integral part of our lives in 2020 and thanks to their convenience they are here to stay. But are you really making the most out of what the technology can offer? Are you planning your meeting effectively or efficiently? Is the audience actually engaged with what’s on screen? These are some of the questions that The Corpus team answered during our first Virtual Masterclass.
Working and Wellness
It’s now been a full year since we began our pandemic-enforced working from home experience. We left the office with a rather optimistic note that “this might last several weeks or more, so remember to take all your gear home with you!”. But apart from a couple of weeks before the UK’s second wave in October, we’ve been at home ever since.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynaecologic cancer and the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women (1, 2). Commonly known as “The Whispering Disease” (3, 4), the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often difficult to detect in its early stages; symptoms can be very subtle, completely absent or misinterpreted as other benign conditions (5).
It’s exactly one year since AS&K closed its offices and we were all asked to work from home ‘for a few weeks’. That has stretched out far longer than we could ever have imagined. And while we have regular catch-ups – weekly all-company Zooms, quarterly Townhalls, frequent online social events, and daily team meetings and one-to-ones – we are all still logging on from our kitchens/bedrooms/spare rooms/home offices.
Today is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’. The IWD website states, ‘A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change’.
I wanted to write about this challenge, of achieving gender parity, calling out bias, and finally reaching equality.