As a firm where collaboration is a central key to our success, we purposely hire team members that fit in with our fast-paced, energetic and social culture. When national lockdowns due to COVID-19 gave our team no other option but to work from home, we adapted and made it work.
Like all firms, we collaborated on platforms like Teams, Miro, Google Hangouts, Slack and Zoom; but it wasn’t the same. Face to face collaboration and ideas that are sparked in micro-moments often lead to that special thing that brings the life, the genius to a project. Those sparks, those interactions, those moments, and those ideas are what make Elixirr special.
Face to face collaboration and ideas that are sparked in micro-moments often lead to that special thing that brings the life, the genius to a project. Those sparks, those interactions, those moments, and those ideas are what make Elixirr special.
Walking the talk
There were no offerings in the market offering an end to end solution to bring our team back together, so we stopped talking and started building. Our internal team put on our consulting hats, devised the employee journey and partnered with a few great companies to create a capability that would facilitate in-person collaboration for our team in a safer, healthier way. And now we can help your teams too.
Our office at 100 Cheapside is very special to us. It’s our global headquarters, it’s where we fly our whole team into once a year to get together in person and it was vital that we could get back into that creative space for our people and our work.
Back to choice
We trust our people, so we knew we had to build a platform that would ensure our team could make their own decisions about their health and wellbeing when choosing to return to the office. We didn’t want our team feeling like we were keeping tabs on them, so privacy was of the upmost importance when building a solution that would work not only for us, but one we would be proud to recommend to our clients too. We also wanted the fewest number of components that offered the most amount of impact. Function is great, but the environment still needed to feel welcoming. We wanted to keep our culture and not succumb to some dystopian nightmare.
With the combination of our consulting expertise and our in-house development team, Den, we knew we could provide a solution to get our team back to the office in a safe way for all. The idea of a health passport isn’t new but leveraging it for COVID-19, whilst making sure it was completely secure and private, was the challenge; thus, we utilized the GetChkd blockchain based Health Passport – which not only secured the employee data in a super secure way, it also integrated with the hardware and software needed for this solution. The GetChkd Health Passport ensures no sensitive employee information touches the company servers, to ensure privacy for our team.
Over the course of 3 months, we built a pilot of our end-to-end solution: Indaba. Indaba combines our consulting expertise, software, hardware and physical equipment. We have now managed to onboard our entire UK team and are fully seeing the benefits of in-person collaboration. Our people have told us that being in the office again, and not only confined to their homes, has had a positive impact on their work and their physical and mental health too. In general they are much happier.
Bringing people together
By providing a COVID-19 secure workplace, we have given our people options again. Having a choice is like lifting a weight off people’s shoulders. It makes them feel alive. We can help our clients do the same. The combination of consulting, finding the perfect custom solutions for all our clients, no matter their size, combined with software, hardware and the best partners, means that Indaba is now an end-to-end solution that can facilitate physical collaboration and choice again. This solution walks the talk in truly building back better post-COVID-19 with an enhanced user experience at every level of an organisation that will be effective well beyond the pandemic.
Indaba is the Zulu word for gathering. It’s a word we use when we want to bring our team together, which is why it was perfect for this new Elixirr capability. The number one issue affecting our clients and the world at-large right now is how to bring people back together.
With Indaba, we can help.The number one issue affecting our clients and the world at-large right now is how to bring people back together.