2021 – Is there still a need for business meet-ups?

Nina Hansen

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 September, 2021 at 10:00 am by Andre Camilleri

Nina Hansen, is an experienced Learning and Development Specialist driven to help people get the best out of themselves.

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020 Working From Home (WFH) has become the new normal. From an HR perspective, it brought a whole new shift in the way of assessing employee’s performance, whereas for the employees, it gave a sense of freedom. Being able to work from home sounded like the perfect solution to spending more time with the family, having a flexible schedule and gave easy access to our kitchens. Depending on the office set-up at home, for some people working remotely give them the possibility to be more productive, focused and in-touch with colleagues around the globe.

But soon enough we started to realize that this too came at a price…Isolation started to kick in, having to deliver while kids are screaming in the background, having to do the dishes, and dealing with blurred lines between work and private lives, just to name a few. So, the big questions everyone was asking themselves at a certain point was “Do I want to work solely from home, do I want to go fully back to the office? or do I want a hybrid solution which allows me to alternate between the options?” While there have been many surveys performed within the past year around this topic that revealed a different outcome depending on the phase we were in during the pandemic, today, most people would choose a hybrid model if given the option. And here’s why…

After months of meeting others from behind a screen – sitting at a home desk wearing a nice buttoned shirt and pajama shorts – the glam of working from home has started to wear off for most people. Zoom-fatigue has made its introduction. People started to crave the need to meet others again in person and make those lasting connections, which are very different than when connecting with others virtually.

People want to meet others in person again.

For Nina Hansen, the need for face-to-face meetings felt stronger once Malta was moving towards the right direction with the vaccination program and gradual re-opening. And although the future remains unpredictable and it already showed that things can change rapidly into a down-ward spiral, people are becoming more confident to go out and meet others while remaining safe.

Being aware of this need, she decided it was time to bring people back together by creating a platform for business professionals, business consultants and entrepreneurs to come together to connect, learn & share.

On September 23, 2021 Malta will have a new business networking concept, called Table Talks. Table Talks is a recurring business networking event which enables Malta’s like-minded business professionals to meet and interact in an intimate setting while getting insights on a specific topic presented by a field expert.

The first edition of Table Talks will have none other than Karl Grech – Performance Coach – who will take participants on a 45-minute ride on how to coach a team with 5 questions. While coaching is becoming more and more an important part of leadership, it helps to outline clear goals for a team and its members, which boosts performance and well-being at the same time.

The focus of the event is to enable participants to make meaningful connections leading to lasting relationships. Therefore, each session of Table Talks will have only a limited number of seats available.

If you’re interested in reserving a seat at the table at this event or want to stay updated on our future events, please visit  www.driven-malta.com/events

Nina Hansen has a proven track record leading in L&D plans, Onboarding experiences, Management Development programs, soft skills training, Change Management processes, Performance Management systems and E-learning courses.

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