MAINTAINING COMMUNITY IN THIS (VIRTUAL) REALITY
As the Market Director at Matches Fashion, Megan Reynold’s pre-lockdown life was as jet-set as you would imagine from a high-profile fashion industry insider – frequent trips to see designers in Milan and Paris, commuting to the company’s offices in London Bridge and planning the occasional weekend getaway.
All this ground to a halt in this new reality where your office is in your home and what you wear to work only matters from the waist up. Whilst still adapting to this “new normal” like everybody else, Megan has been embracing being fully in control of her time, taking advantage of the flexibility to change up the scenery and work a lot from her garden whilst maintaining an open and informed environment for her team.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE LOCKDOWN?
My life day-to-day prior to lockdown was so varied, needless to say, that has all been flipped on its head. My days working from home, and weekends that frame them, are now more routine but no less full. My time now feels more in my control without flights and travel, and with this has come an added sense of responsibility to achieve everything I set out to do each day.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO ADAPT TO A NEW WORKING ROUTINE?
I personally am still adapting and think we will have to adapt with every changing day. With my manager hat on, I want to make sure each person in the team feels their experience is being taken into account as we navigate this “new normal”.
IS IT A STRUGGLE TO MANAGE A TEAM THROUGH VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION?
Missing the near-daily opportunity to connect with team members in person has been difficult. Some elements of human interaction you simply can’t transmit over a Zoom call. Intuition on how someone is feeling, for example, and in turn what extra care can be given to them. So personally, I’m trying to rise to the challenge of creating a warm, open, informed environment.