Written by: Shekar Raman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Birdzi
These are crazy times, indeed. Who would have ever believed that we would spend most of Spring and some, if not all, of the
summer at home! Our hearts go out to those that are impacted by the COVID crisis. We hope that it will pass soon, so we can all return to some semblance of normalcy. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many health workers and essential works that are out there, risking themselves so that we may stay safe and healthy.
The Silver Lining
We’ve discovered many silver linings: bonding with family, picking up new hobbies, husbands learning to cook, kids doing chores at home instead of hanging out with friends, zoom parties, and the list goes on. One of the things that have become the new normal is the “work from home” culture. Strangely enough, this is not new to Birdzi, because we have been a remote office company since our inception. We can assure you that you will get used to it, and you may even learn to love it. In many ways, it is very liberating and can be incredibly productive if you have the right people on your team.
Years ago, when we began developing the concept of Birdzi, we were determined to foster a culture that respected individuals. We did not shackle people’s creativity and expression through the typical corporate bureaucracy. We felt that it would not help our goal of driving innovation and hyper-productivity. Today, looking back, it is probably one of the best decisions we have made. Today, Birdzi is not just a continually growing platform, but a team of individuals that are committed to the cause. This level of teamwork is astounding when one considers the fiercely independent nature of our team. There is a very strong invisible thread that binds us all. It reminds me of an article that was written about us almost four years ago. The author noted that “Everyone is encouraged to speak his/her mind and propose ideas.” This kind of inclusion creates the employee buy-in required for successful remote work.