For many architecture professionals, the biggest challenge of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic is the lack of socialization. Humans are naturally social and crave human interaction, so it is hard for them to go long periods without seeing their friends and coworkers. If you start to feel disconnected and alienated, your work performance is going to suffer from the lack of engagement. Here are some ways you can find connection during the quarantine.
Go Old School and Write Letters
When you are used to interacting with your architecture and design coworkers face-to-face, having your interactions limited to phone calls, texts, and emails can seem impersonal. Writing letters is a more intimate form of communication, and it is also fun. Receiving a letter in the mail is one of those simple pleasure most people take for granted. Letter correspondence is a great way to stay connected during the quarantine and will give you and your team members something fun to look forward to during the week.
Themed Zoom Calls
Regular video conferences are essential when working remotely. Compared to voice calls, video calls are more engaging because so much of communication is nonverbal. It feels much more like a real conversation when you can see each other’s faces. Zoom is an excellent option for group video chats. You can make Zoom calls even more engaging by choosing a theme for each Zoom call where participants dress up. Themed video chats allow participants to be creative and will make the call feel more like a social event.
Quarantine Chats is a phone app that pairs people from different countries and allows them to chat with each other. The app is free and pairs people up randomly after users sign up and input their phone number. So many people across the globe are feeling lonely right now. Quarantine Chats is a great way for people who are struggling with the isolation brought on by COVID-19 to connect with each other and form new friendships. With the app, you get a new phone call every day, so you have an opportunity meet lots of new people. Plus, if you do not hit it off with one of your pair ups, you will be able to try again.
Work in architecture and design has always been highly creative and interactive. So, it isn’t surprising that many architecture professionals have had difficulty coping with the ongoing quarantine. Fortunately, there are still ways to feel connected without having to leave your house and risk your health or the health of others.
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