By Tracy Lewis, Managing Director
Six weeks into our ‘business as unusual’ working from home routine and things seem strangely normal! Everyone has settled into their new work environments and the initial reservations about holding meetings via Teams or Zoom have been quashed by the many advantages that have been realised – both from a time and environmental standpoint. And yet, I know I speak for our whole team when I say that we miss our time together in the office; the camaraderie, the opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other just by asking a question in the open office and our Friday evening drink in the local pub.
The future of our workspace will never be the same again. Yes, we will all return to our offices but how we view our work environment will change – possibly forever. We have spent several weeks talking to you, our clients, about the effects of this pandemic and about the future of office space. We have introduced our COVID-19 Response Resources page to our website, bringing your insight and our expertise together to deliver valuable resources such as our Building Hibernation Guide and podcasts; from the challenges of the utility supply market to our JLL Panel Lead discussions around “Building It Back Better” as we are reintroduced to our buildings.
We have been extremely fortunate to be able to continue to work and serve you and have been equally grateful to have partners who have supported our business through these difficult times. Expanding our Partner Network to introduce the skill sets which go beyond the traditional services seen within an Energy Consultancy has brought a true sense of camaraderie.
As we learn how to navigate this challenge, there are positive outcomes. Renewable energy has seen a dramatic shift in the share of UK generation which has increased 10% to 43% in comparison to the same period last year and, of course, let us not forget how this pandemic has brought our nation together. The incredible, selfless work of our NHS and key workers is something we all have immense pride in as a country. This inspired us to make our own small contribution to an amazing team at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, donating gift bags containing items such as lip balm, hand cream and our notes of gratitude from staff and families just to say “thank you”. It is humbling to hear how these small gestures have such an impact and we are encouraging others to do the same.
What this period has confirmed to us is that people and relationships are at our core; they underpin who we are as a business and as a brand. This has never been more significant and more valuable than it is right now. We are stronger together.
From the team at Carbonxgen – stay safe and stay well.