Report: Life After Lockdown – An Opportunity for Change?

Posted on: Sunday 28 June 2020 12:23am by Cate Zerega

Key takeaways:

  • The inspiration produced in a creative collaborative environment is difficult to replicate in the remote-work model and will hopefully be nurtured in post-lockdown business.
  • Distractions can be a useful part of the creative process. If you only head down a linear path you only produce linear work.

Sueann began by asking the panelists how they had made the adjustment to life in lockdown.  Each panelist found that they had adapted quickly to the technical components of working remotely and found that lockdown created a more open conversation about the challenges of organizing childcare. However, employee isolation and creating a collaborative environment while working remotely were issues needing more dynamic problem-solving. The panel agreed that maintaining motivation and creativity in isolation has not been an issue. Rather, the motivation to stop working was a harder struggle.

  • Corrine Kouper has valued breakfast meetings scheduled as a forum for employees to discuss the work-from-home challenges and to combat isolation.
  • Oli Hyatt has benefitted from time spent not commuting that he now has to percolate ideas; he’s also been inspired by observing how his children play.
  • Rory Lowe has been working remotely for years and would like to see greater investment at the local level for creating community business hubs. He’s utilized hubs in the past, and they’ve been helpful in battling cabin fever.
  • Freelancer Evgenia Golubeva has applied her experience in the writers room into structuring effective Zoom meetings. She suggests shaping the meeting so that it is focused on what the writer needs and then being flexible with the structure. This approach helps to avoid spending the whole day on Zoom and helps maintain a work-life balance.

The panel was asked how the learning from this period might help women, young people and barriers to entry:

  • All panelists agreed that a more transparent conversation about the demands of juggling a family schedule is a helpful standard to take forward into post lockdown business. This will aid women in particular going forward.
  • Remote working has engendered opportunity for the skills of young workers to be better assessed, and the high level they can achieve on their own helps to breach the barrier.
  • Lockdown also provides an opportunity for young workers to put feedback into action and upscale themselves. The drawback to remote work is the inability to train newcomers: they are missing the cross-pollination element of learning from the environment of creative energy.

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Cate Zerega

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Cate has worked as a nanny, a talent agent, in casting & production. Cate’s resume means she no longer fears anything and has sunblock & headshots always about. She completed an MA in the screen industries in 2018 & works passionately to promoting female filmmakers. Read more