The UK and a good portion of the world are facing the global pandemic among many doubts and concerns. How can we go back to work? How can we keep event staff, clients and event attendees safe from Covid-19 associated risks? What percentage of work can be done at home?
For the event industry, the answer is unbelievable. For us, it was not only about sanitising our offices and rearrange working hours between the office and home so we could meet as less as possible. It was even rethinking our way of working, our offer and the whole range of our services.
The main focus was not only the hours we used to spend with colleagues but also those with clients and obviously, at event venues. Here is how we managed our primary concerns and challenges during the past few months.
Rox Event Staff is the only event staffing agency in the UK that helps you take the headache out of staffing and event marketing in one place.
We operate nationwide across the UK with over 2,000 dynamic COVID-19 trained event staff on our growing roster. We have dedicated account management, event marketers, staff’s right-to-work checks, training and skills tests on all workers, taking care of payroll too.
We are leaving you free to focus on your business!
Are you working from home? It’s not an “emergency” measure to give up post-pandemic.
We already knew this, as we always had collaborations of this kind. However, we are happy to see so many professionals discovering that working from home is not just an emergency measure during Covid-19. The advantages of this way of working are undeniable, and they change many aspects of home workers.
First of all, there is public transport. Commuters risk their health in travelling to work and keeping social distancing. After all, not everyone can use a private car nor get stuck in traffic in big cities. Finally, few people live close enough to their workplace to cycle or riding their scooters to work.
Working from home resolves this problem at its source. Even before the pandemic, for us, it was a great option that allowed us to manage working groups of people distributed around the UK and Europe. The home office, for those like us that spend lots of time on the phone and desktop (answering clients emails, sending quotations and planning event staffing) it’s a practical and eco-friendly solution.
The human dimension of working from home: no more family taboo
Sadly, in the majority of western countries, the disparity among gender in the professional world is still a reality. However, nobody talks about this inequality. In particular, it’s not common to speak of a family with children of scholastic or pre-scholastic age and the sacrifice and care that often fall exclusively on women. This phenomenon was increased by schools closing, forcing many mothers to support their kids’ education online and dedicate even less time to work.
In the event industry (we like to think it that way) and in our event staffing agency (we are proud) it doesn’t work that way. Our team is made of young professionals, men and women, with work-life balance. Among everything we should learn about this crisis, there is the fall of the “family taboo”, which is that tendency to cancel all traces of family routine from professional interaction. Pre-pandemic, on those rare occasions when professionals were working remotely, this was happening in home offices that were organised like TV sets, where any details that could remember participants this professionals was a human being too were hidden.
Today the situation is much more relaxed. Nobody is shocked by a cat passing by in the background, or a kid runs towards the camera or makes noise next door. Defending this kind of appearance is not a priority anymore. We are all on the same boat, we are all human, and we are trying our best. We all have families where men and women assign their chores and keep working.
What about event staff?
As we already mentioned in other articles and videos, events like we used to know them won’t happen for a while. Until we don’t have a Covid-19 vaccine, exhibitions, conferences, trade shows, concerts and other mass gatherings won’t be possible.
That’s why we are taking advantage of the events downtime to train all our 2,000 temporary event staff, hosts and hostesses, brand ambassadors, event managers and interpreters to be Covid-19 trained. So when events are allowed again next month in October, they can all go back to what they do brilliantly, knowing how to keep themselves, our clients and event attendees safe from Covid-19 associated risks.
How do we make these choices? By caring and worrying about our staff, clients and the event industry. Providing our event staff Covid-19 training is like wearing a face mask in public: it’s a way of saying “I worry about you, I care about your health, I don’t want to put you in danger”. These are the keywords, the mottos our whole event industry has to keep in mind. We are committed to doing this as much as needed. If we all take our responsibilities and stick together, our beloved industry will rise more robust than before.
About Rox Event Staff, Event Staffing Agency in London
Rox Event Staff is the only event staffing agency in London that helps you take the headache out of staffing and event marketing in one place.
We operate nationwide across the UK with over 2,000 dynamic COVID-19 trained events staff on our growing roster. We have dedicated account management, event marketers, staff’s right-to-work checks, training and skills tests on all workers, taking care of payroll too.
Hiring a professional Event Staffing Agency leaves you free to focus on your business!
Events in the UK will retake place from October. If you want to safely maximise engagement on your next trade show speak to a member of the Rox Event Staff team to find out how we’ll make it happen!