In response to the huge changes the pandemic has brought to many people’s working situations we ran this webinar to reflect on what ‘work’ actually is, to share ideas about how best to work remotely and reflect on what learnings we can take out of this period for our future work.
Our five presenters all reflected on different aspects of the challenges and potentials of working remotely. We explored some of the inequalities that working remotely is bringing up and how our sense of identity and self-worth is often tied to our work. Kara Martin, author and speaker, reminded us how our work is connected to God’s work in this world and considered what we can learn from the Apostle Paul’s remote working. Sandy Jones, managing director Leading Connexions, shared insights on leading teams remotely through the challenges of the pandemic and how we can establish positive relational team culture. Katrine Bramley, long-time Ridley Registrar and her husband Scott, Chaplain at Carey College, reflected on the joys and challenges of juggling work with other priorities, especially family life. And Diane Hockridge, Ridley faculty member and educational designer, reflected on the ethical challenges associated with working remotely and offered insights on setting boundaries and communicating remotely.
Despite the diverse range of working contexts amongst the presenters, we all agreed ‘relational intentionality’ and finding ways to communicate clearly are things we want to take forward into future post-pandemic work contexts.