Marlene Forrai

2 minutes | 28. April 2020
Degree of technical knowledge

Lessons learned: 4 tips of growing together in times of Covid-19

By thinking outside the box, we have created our market. Challenging times need existential flexibility and optimism. I am sure that we will step strengthened into a new era. Along the way, I already have and will generate a lot of learnings. Therefore, I want to share some of our latest initiatives with you – helping us to grow together, even in times of distance.  

1. Expand your horizons:
Learn something new

Phytogenius minds are pioneers and always ready to discover the unknown.  Therefore, we do not only unlock the plant universe but also the potential within ourselves, both professionally and personally.  

Of course, reading books, visiting seminars, or training sessions by experts are great possibilities to do so. Above that, we love to learn from each other. Our goal: Having a platform for all phytogenius minds to learn whenever and wherever they want.  

At the beginning of April, the time has finally come: We have launched the Delacon Academy for our team members globally. 

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phytogenic quizEspecially in challenging times, empathy and kindness are some of the most valuable assets. © GettyImages

2. Show solidarity:
Everyone can 
make a difference 

We at Delacon truly believe that every act of solidarity can make a difference. This also shows our latest global initiative. What started internally, soon became very important for our environment as well.   

Several team members have started to send face masks throughout the globe to support other team members in affected areasThe masks do not only help to protect our team members, but also many others. A high quantity could be given to various health care institutions, including:  

  • Hospitals in Toulouse: Purpan and Rangueil 
  • L’Arche in Toulouse, a non-profit organization 
  • Retirement homes 
  • Private nurses who are taking care of older people
  • Diakoniewerk (an Austrian non-profit organization helping people with disabilities). 

Many thanks to all Delacon team members for contributing.  

3. Make yourself happy by impacting the lives of others 

As we are a scientific company, we wanted to dive deeper into the research of happinessDid you know that givers are happier and healthier than their peersGet more interesting insights about happiness here 

By offering a helping hand, we cannot only create an impact in each other’s life but also strengthen our company’s culture – the so-called Delacon spirit. Find the following three examples of some of our latest activities: 

phytogenic quizMany of you might have experienced the awesome feeling after helping someone out. © GettyImages
  • Ines & Laura, two team members from the Laboratory department offered our production team a helping hand in labeling product packages. With their help, it was possible to ensure that our phytogenic solutions can be delivered on time

 

  • The Events team is eager to support various projects. I saw Martina de Cassan organizing large digital meetings or moderating workshops. Whereas others care for the infrastructure of the Delacon Academy. 

 

  • Our French colleagues continuously support L’Arche in Toulouse. For example, the great initiative of a shared-housing project. House sharing is a way to enable better social integration for people with disabilities. What’s more? On a frequent basis, the team has lunch together in their canteen. 

4. Be creative and do things differently 

We always believe that a key ingredient in strong relationships is to develop close connections. Just because we need to be physically distanced, doesn’t mean we have to be it emotionally and socially. Think outside the box and search for creative solutions to stay connected. Therefore, we…

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  • foster close collaborations with our distributors around the globe virtually. Moreover, helping them to reach their customers (as we know the agriculture industry is the least digitized one). Delacons Asia Team organized a virtual Distributor Meeting in times of Covid-19. More than 60 participants came together to exchange the latest phytogenic insights. 

 

  • …find virtual ways to chat about cross-departmental projects (enjoying a virtual morning coffee or lunch together). To exchange phytogenic ideas. We usually do this in the Delacon Hub. The nature of the Hub is open-minded, explorative, and collaborative.

 

  • … launched a (Microsoft) Teams channel to share tips against cabin fever, how to work efficiently from a home office, or to exchange survival strategies among parents.