The new ‘normal’: La Trobe, live via webcam

The new ‘normal’: La Trobe, live via webcam

Let’s face it: a good work team can feel a lot like family.

For one thing, there’s definitely some complaints that both groups have in common – like too-loud snacking, or how you’re always the one who has to empty the dishwasher.

But there’s something deeper behind the day-to-day gripes. After all, we spend hours with our team every day. Those occasional five-minute doses of co-worker catchup may not seem like a lot, but they add up.

So when we find ourselves working remotely, it’s important we also find ways to keep in touch with our team. It’s no different for our teams at La Trobe. Whether they share office space or a lab, our staff are taking to the challenge of life via webcam.

Some people call it the new normal. Looking at some of these tweets from La Trobe staff, we’re not sure ‘normal’ is the right word.

Our Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology isn’t letting distance get in the way of departmental drinks:

There’s always time for coffee and a chat, even when you’re working from home:

It’s been great to see teams check in from wherever they’re working. Of course, we didn’t know so many of our staff were previously commuting in from outer space:

Yes, the program may be called ‘Shut up and write!’, but what’s the point of shutting up if there’s no-one around to hear it?

And finally: on the internet, nobody knows you’re a panda. Or a pirate. Well, unless you turn on your webcam and show them:

If you’re a La Trobe team member, we’d love to see how your team has taken to remote meetings. Share your snapshots of La Trobe life on Twitter using the hashtag #LTUWFH.

Header image by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash.

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