New ways of working have arrived without warning, and they have arrived with no preparation. There is no time to adapt, there is just time to start. Here is a chance for us all to pause, listen and connect with others who are similarly navigating work and non-work lives: a reminder that while we might not all be together, we are all in it together.
‘40@40’ marks the 40th day of the UK’s lockdown through sharing 40 stories from the UK and across the world about people’s everyday working experiences during this time. Adam Business School, University of Glasgow created DigiGallus: a suite of resources, stories, initiatives and events that help us think about learning, leading and living during Covid-19. 40@40 is part of our DigiGallus initiative and a way of drawing on the expertise of our academics to collect stories and insights into work and organisational life.
40@40 highlights how rapid change can make fascinating things happen in organisations. It can make dysfunctions bubble up to the surface, or help organisations strip back to their core values to help them survive and even thrive during this period. It gives an insight into how quickly businesses have had to evolve to overcome restrictions put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic and the creative and innovative spirit that has enabled this to happen.
Drawing on the voices of a variety of workers – including zookeepers, employees of L’Oreal, Innis and Gunn, Celtic Football Club and even Jermain Jackman from ‘The Voice’ – the project provides first-hand accounts of what current working life is like, including challenges faced. The resource also explores how people think Covid-19 might influence workplaces of the future, and reflects on how we might prepare for the ‘post-Covid-19 world’.
The project is underpinned by academic research about working in times of rapid change, including a focus on moving to a digital work environment, teamworking, health and wellness, and issues of ethics and sustainability. You may find the list of stories and people being interviewed by theme here. You may also view a selection of the first-hand video insights about working life during Covid-19 on YouTube.
‘It is inspiring to see how businesses, managers and employees across a range of industries, sectors and jobs have reacted so quickly to change, and are also very sensitive to the challenges faced now, and in the future,’ said Professor Kathleen Riach, Professor of Organisation Studies, who led the project. Hope 40@40 helps people who are keen to know how Covid-19 is affecting – and will affect in the future – how we experience the world of work. We might not all be together, but we are all in it together.