EROAD shows 'Bubble' innovation for effective working - what are you doing?
Posted: 31-Mar-2020 |

What does working from home really look like? In a not too distant past, the cranny nook or kitchen table were ideal, but it's a different story now that there's others in the household all competing for the same space.

The Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown has created some novel ways to minimise the background sounds of children asking for food, dogs barking, others asking 'are you ready for a wine yet?' or other similar catch-crys of working from home during these unprecedented times.

Gareth Robins (Director of Analytics at EROAD) has erected a tent on his deck, complete with couches, working desk and even an ergonomic chair. His two children have commandeered the kitchen table for their schoolwork, and his wife has set up a desk in the lounge. "This was an easier way to manage the four of us all working at home, but not getting on top of each other" said Gareth "Plus it means the only background to my presentations is bird-song, which is pretty cool for those on the other side of the world to hear".

Gareth is heading up the team that identify and supply transport network insights. EROAD limited international travel in early February. Prior to that, Gareth would regularly traverse the globe presenting these insights to universities, government research agencies and others keen to use EROAD's technology to deliver safer, more productive roads.

As the world slowly closes down, the requirement for operating efficencies for transport operators is increasing, driving stronger interest in EROAD technology and insights. Gareth has adopted the #lockdownlook2020 in his approach to dressing for these, now online, presentations "Uber-comfortable business attire is how I'm describing it" says Gareth.
EROAD has been designated an essential service provider, supplying technology services that organisations like New Zealand Defence Force, St John New Zealand, the NZ Transport Agency, local councils, construction and courier companies rely on to manage their vehicle fleets and keep their staff safe. Over the past few weeks, EROAD staff transitioned to work from home locations, remaining in their immediate 'bubbles' and working from garages, sleep-outs, home offices and yes, even the kitchen table.

Steven Newman, chief executive officer says "I'm so proud of how our staff transitioned to new working environments. This has shown how committed we are in supporting all our customers, whether they be coping with change or busy delivering essential services during these unprecedented times. We may be separated in our own bubbles, but we're all in this together".

EROAD's solution is certainly unique, tell us what you or your company is doing to stay safe.

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