This is a great conversation to be having and an extremely important one. Mental Health is necessarily going to be impacted by our current situation and we all need to be extremely mindful of this.
I am extremely interested by the number of individuals and organisations that are very unfamiliar with working from home and it's not an easy transition to make. Equally I think everyone is quickly realising the importance of stable technology in this environment!
In terms of the good and the bad. As an Association, we are very familiar with working from home and being remote from one another - we are a team of about 40 people and situated all over the world. That said, these are different times and we feel even more need to stay connected to one another. So we have introduced Social Catch Ups, we had a virtual hen party yesterday for one of the Team and today we are doing a virtual exercise class for all of the "Children of IACCM". I am also personally incredibly impressed with the creativity and innovation that is coming out of my Team at this time. I hope you're enjoying all of the webinars and various initiatives that we are pushing out.
In terms of the bad, indeed we have to be so careful about people just working non-stop. So keeping weekends sacrosanct and taking short breaks (I am not sure many people want a full two weeks off at the moment) is really important and we are encouraging people to do this. Equally encouraging people to take exercise every day is critical. We are an Association of dog lovers so this also comes naturally to many!
We are planning to do a webinar on this topic so I look forward to hearing other people's experiences and sharing those in a webinar environment too.
Thanks again Darren!
My company is small. We have an office where approx 2/3 of the team would go in every day with 1/3 part-time-remote (long distance hires). Two weeks ago, on a Tuesday, we closed the office. The first few days were folks bedding in and mostly finding it unusual. We started a well-known paid-for video service which has been awesome and an Instant Message service for business issues and importantly a channel called "office_banter". By now I would say that the whole team is functioning at full capacity. Our solution is just like thousands of other enterprises. After several months of this will it be the new way of working?
I worked in several Russian companies as Contracts Manager and in related roles at both domestic and international projects. What I can tell you exactly is that there is no such thing as specific Russian Commercial Management, there are may be some cultural differences between Russian and Western Europe management style, but methodological basis is based on the same principals and sources.
If you have any specific questions, I'll try to share with you my thoughts and observations based on my past experience.
• University of Grenoble
Thanks for your answer, this confirms what I had originally thought!
Is there any reason why there isn't any Russian Commercial Management? Is it linked to hierarchy in the business structure?
Also, would it be worth adapting it to Russia? Or is Russian "Contract Management" more of a legal job better suited to lawyers?
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Here are a couple that I just quickly came up with:
1. Can you recall the last time that you engaged with our team. Was it;
a) In the past 7 days
b) In the past 4 weeks
c) In the past 3-6 months
d) More than 12 months ago
c) Who is this?
2. When you engaged with our team, did you know the name of the person you were contacting?
a) No, I had to look someone up using either the contract, website, intranet, LinkedIn
b) Vaguely, I have spoken to a few different people in the course of business
c) Yes, I have regular communications with a consistent point of contact
I´d strongly encourage you to raise this question also within the IACCM technology network, which is a micro-community, where you will be able to get insights to new trends in this specific field and where I am sure you´ll have the opportunity to share ideas regarding the topic you have brought:
Also, please check our library: www.iaccm.com/resources/ where, you will find some articles about 'escrow agreements' for the software arena and other topics associated with risk management in the hardware world as well. By analogy you will explore ideas regarding hardware coming from best practices and escrow programs with the goal of risk mitigation
Hi Michelle - saw your post. For hardware: having a refresh plan with your supplier following a bit of a mutual benchmark, to see how best to provision for your upcoming capacity needs, might give some assurance. For services or subscriptions-based tech: having a documented 'cookbook' of key players and tech needed to recreate the service, including a list of any solutions 'not commercially available' or not easily re-purchased in Canada updated, might also be helpful to gage the difficulty of transitioning off your current tech,if needs be.
Those two governance-type processes, along with the typical supplier obligation to reasonably cooperate with any successor and to provide some mutually-agreed orderly termination assistance, might serve you well (outside escrow for software). Hope that offers some ideas...good luck. Cheers, Robin
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