Updated: Jun 18
The only thing that never changes is that everything changes.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in many different ways - many of which have not been good. We have a society have come together ... to varying extents ... in either rising to the challenge or finding a way to keep going.
But there are many positives and 'interesting facts' that have emerged as well. Firstly, it turns out that we can do a whole lot more over video conversations than we otherwise thought. Yes there was video conferencing before the pandemic, but it wasn't force upon us. And it turns out that if we take it seriously, video conferencing actually has some strengths over traditional in-person meetings. And while there will be a correction or bounce back to in-person discussions when all is said and done, we have all learned how powerful video conferencing can be. And this means we are going to see a whole lot more video conferencing in the future.
The second thing that perhaps a lot of employers have learned is that working from home isn't the risky proposition it was often presumed to be. In fact a lot of bosses have been downright scared that allowing employees to work from home means that without anyone looking over their shoulder, they will slacken off, do 30 minutes worth of work, and call it a day. That is not what I have seen or heard.
A friend of mine who works in mining has said the opposite happened in his office. Employees who had traditionally 'always seen at the office' were the ones who struggled with working from home the most. Why? Because they were all about effort and not outcomes. and what that means is that when they started working from home ... their only metric of performance was outcomes. Which the struggled to provide. Instead some of the quieter, less 'overt office presences' flourished when working from home. They had their reports submitted early (because they could go swimming after) and prioritized getting their work done to support a good work-life balance.
I suppose the thing we have learned the most is how powerful the individual can be as part of a team. While there will always be a place for real in-person interactions, the flexible work environment built on trust and competence has now been unceremoniously forced upon us. And the results have been ... pretty good!
So why am I talking about all this video conferencing and working from home stuff? Well ... it has forced us to adapt as well. We have invested heavily in online teaching. Where we would travel the world teaching all things reliability engineering, we are now travelling to our studios. And the benefits for us have been ... huge!
By focusing on this sort of delivery, we are able to create really great products. Well produced videos. Great animations. And this allows all those people working at their own pace, in their own places, can go through what we teach at their own pace.
Which is why it was time for a new website. With a brand new approach to course work and teaching (check out our course offerings here!) Over the next year, we will be uploading more and more asynchronous online courses that help teach the fundamentals of reliability engineering. And because these courses are single bodies of work, we are able to continually improve upon them.
Which is great for you and us! So if you have any suggestions moving forward, we would love to hear from you. But beyond that ... enjoy the new website and let us know how we can help!