With Lockdown 3.0
upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping
strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and
hopefully final) national lockdown.
Chippenham-based Mintivo delivers corporate IT services for
SMEs. Operations Director, Mark Adams, shares his thoughts on returning to the
office and the changing face of business.
How are you
keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?
Lockdown 3.0 is by far the most challenging one for us
all. Cold weather, dark days, post-Christmas and New Year blues. It’s a
struggle for even the toughest of people.
Luckily Mintivo is a very positive place to work, we all
support each other and the days pass quickly. Ensuring you take regular breaks
away from your screen and having downtime is very important.
The vaccination programme is giving everyone some hope. Having
that goal of getting back to the office/normality and knowing it is on the
horizon is something to really focus on.
How are you
structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?
Structure is incredibly important, especially for a
creature of habit like myself! I set time aside during each day to exercise,
read and of course, eat! I also make sure that meeting times are stuck to and
do not over run.
Are you doing
Lots of decorating!
Have you changed
your New Year resolutions?
I don’t believe in New Year resolutions and never make
plans at the beginning of the year for change. I like more of a continuous
development/improvement, so throughout the year if I want to make a
professional or personal change, I will just do it!
introduced any new rituals?
Daily exercise for 30 mins is probably the most important
one. It really does make a difference. It lifts your mood and makes you feel
energised and more focused.
What are you most
looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?
Without a doubt, it will be getting back to the office
and seeing everyone from #TeamMintivo again. Remote working is ok, but the
office certainly has its place and is fundamental to maintaining your company
Mintivo is a rapidly growing company and the office is
the place where ideas and creativity are cultivated.
The only other thing would be the pub, I’m really looking
forward to having a pint in a pub again!
What is your
biggest goal this year?
Running a marathon.
What has the past
year taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?
I have learnt a lot about people and culture and what
drives and motivates people. There has been a massive shift in the business
world towards a more people centric workplace.
Communication, engagement and wellbeing in business are
now becoming talking points in the boardroom. Breaking down barriers and
creating a more open, honest and transparent organisation is going to be the
key to becoming a successful business going forward.
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