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Life under Lockdown: Christian Hampson

Chris Hampson, director and co-founder of visionary indigenous start-up Yerrabingin, talks about shifting his work paradigm since Covid-19.

According to the director and co-founder of visionary indigenous start-up Yerrabingin Christian Hampson, the lockdown has changed the way they have been working.

“With Yerrabingin naturally slowing down during these circumstances,” says Hampson, “it has been the ideal time for us to strategise, create and expand our online and digital offerings.”

“The current situation has forced us to become more agile and innovative in how we do things.  We have quickly been able to move meetings, garden tours and workshops to online through platforms such as Zoom and IG TV,” he says.

It’s been good having to shift my work paradigm. It has enabled me as the new CEO of Yerrabingin to look at finding ways not just to survive, but to thrive in this new normal, both in terms of business and finding work/life balance where boundaries between work and life can easily be blurred when working from home.”

“I’ve had to evaluative how I manage myself, my team, and how to create a new work culture, rewards and structures to help this evolution.”

As to what are some positive results of this lockdown working arrangement, Hampson notes that, “After a few days, the anxiety goes down, and you start to make the best of the situation. For me it has been being able to choose where I put my energy, it’s much easier to focus on tasks, particularly the ones that have been sitting on the to-do list for quite some time.”

“Getting in as much physical activity as possible and trying not to drive my family crazy,” is another positive he says.

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