By Sofia Canoniero

The pandemic has flipped our lives upside-down and the working world is being profoundly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Many businesses quickly shifted to remote work, and abandoned operations in a traditional office setting, encouraging people to stay at home. And although Moove It is a WFH friendly company, not all the team members had chosen this working dynamic on a daily basis, so we knew we needed to keep our team’s motivation alive throughout the isolation.

As a company, we strongly believe that challenges can be seen as opportunities to grow and improve. For this reason, we developed different internal online activities designed to help overcome the quarantine together, regardless of the country where our team members were located.

The Human Resources team, the Communications team, Operations, and Technical areas came together to develop and promote fun activities as well as opportunities to learn. These are some examples:

We reinforced already acquired knowledge on how to work from home

At the beginning of the quarantine, we focused on providing tools to the team that enables them to work remotely in a more effective way. For example, the Communications team produced a document regarding best practices for conducting a video conference. Moreover, Mercedes Acevedo, our Communications Specialist, met with all the teams to guide them and help them find a place in their houses that were as professional as possible to have a call with a client.
You can see the document here

We coped with anxiety 

The People team gave tips on how to cope with anxiety as a result of confinement. Also, a gym teacher sent us video stretching routines, which were easy to implement at home. Check out the document here

We remain connected 

Team building activities are essential to achieve more motivated teams. Hence, we managed to organize online get-togethers and remote game nights.

Also, Fridays are very special days at Moove It because we gather to have lunch. As we could no longer do so, we created a Zoom meeting instead for those who wanted to spend some time with the rest of the team while having lunch.

We learned to dance salsa, or at least we tried

We know how boring working from home can be. For this reason, Nelly Ramírez, our Cali Office Site Manager, gave a salsa master class! The main objective was to do some exercise, and without a doubt, to have fun! Now the entire Moove It team knows the basic salsa moves, LOL.

We talked about the importance of a healthy diet

Florencia Fernández is a developer at Moove It, but she is also a nutritionist. In this sense, Florencia prepared a presentation about the importance of a healthy diet. She gave tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by ensuring we are eating a healthy diet.

We continue to learn

We also provided internal, online technical training so as to continue growing professionally. Therefore, we organized Python onboardings, for those people who were interested in learning the technology and also sponsored AI talks designed to demonstrate real-world applications for Python.

We contribute to the community 

We decided to contribute to some of the initiatives that were taking place in one of the countries we have offices in: Uruguay. The goal was helping people in vulnerable situations during the pandemic. Some of the projects we were involved in were FeriasUY and CanastasUY, both are nonprofit organizations that try to connect people who needed help with those who could provide it.

All in all…

Although working from home has been always encouraged by Moove It, it was thanks to and through these activities that the team’s motivation was always kept high. Over time we are returning to the office, following a strict health protocol to prevent COVID-19 and keeping our employees happy, healthy, and safe.