It’s been a year now since I’m coordinating all Polarising Academies. I always liked challenges and the possibility of reinventing each Academy is one of my favorite parts on the job. Each Academy is different, for starters, people are different!
However, I couldn’t imagine what the first 2020 year Academy would bring; well, as a matter of fact, no one could even dream that we would be living a worldwide pandemic. A lot has changed, so far. Like many other companies, we are entering uncharted territory and need to act fast.
From the office to our home.
So, as all others, the March Champions Academy started at the office, the new “recruits” were getting acquainted with all the dynamics and being introduced to the program. A few weeks later, suddenly, we were told to stay home and like all of us at the office, the Academy had to readjust its routines and schedules and a new chapter would begin at Polarising.
Fortunately, we live in a wonderful world of technology! And Polarising is also a technology company that invests in agile processes and, therefore, the academy’s program could be easily adjusted by fine-tuning the mechanics and working methods.
It’s all about people.
But not everything is about technology; like I’ve said before, people make the difference, and although we didn’t alter the academy program, keeping the training plan and meetings, the single one small detail of going remote would create some new challenges, for us and the newcomers.
The biggest challenge was not being face-to-face with each other! Daily contact is very important, especially when you’re starting somewhere new. My main concern was that this five-star group wouldn’t have a feeling of abandonment which, in this process of learning and experimenting, is essential.
Promoting the regular contact among the group is important to develop the work and solidify knowledge, and even other no less important things, for example, group work and trust between colleagues. Having people healthy and motivated is always a priority, whether remotely or not.
How is it going so far?
The Academy is already halfway through and I’m glad to say that it’s working pretty well. What was strange at first, more for some than for others, became normal and even fun! Just read it yourself from our Champions:
Adapting is key.
But this is what being a Champion is about, giving your best under any conditions; learning, working and making sure the program is completed and the proposed goals achieved. And always kidding with each others!
As far as I’m concerned, the important thing is to have a solid structure, the rest is adaptable and always having in mind the team spirit and other core values that Polarising advocates.
Tech Training Consultant