Tap To Share Is The New Normal: Digital Visiting Card Vs Germs
The end is the beginning
So finally, we are in December 2020. Our workplace hygiene checklists are ready as the conclusion of one of the most unexpected and distressing years in human history for most of us is almost here. This is a small story of me and my experience with the Digital visiting card by The Trace. The agelong lockdown has changed every aspect of our everyday life, be it how we look at personal hygiene or our workplace environment.
Another virus that changed us
On the bright side, in some ways, this year has taught us the importance of mental connection with one another over the physical one. Speaking of the physical interaction, we should not forget that the fight against coronavirus is not over yet. Moreover, we have to change how we interact with each other to keep the deadly coronavirus at bay.
The new normal for us - Contactless Workplace
Lockdown has caused some significant problems to most people and corporations out there and is still challenging us. Social distancing is how every corporation is (and should be) working now, as advised and even proved by many institutions. The World Health Organization, WHO recommends keeping a physical distance of at least 1 meter between each person in all settings. This advice is applicable in all workplaces, along with maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene.
Lockdown and social distancing became a regular day
We human beings have a great feature in ourselves. That is a pair of sophisticated hands that we use to carry out the complicated tasks that other animals cannot do. But the problem is that we touch the surfaces of objects without knowing its consequences on our health.
Small changes and big challenges: The fight against germs
WHO and international health experts have considered the currently available evidence on the modes of transmission of 2019-nCoV, the Novel Coronavirus. This evidence demonstrates viral transmission by droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces of equipment. Even White House health advisor Anthony Fauci has given his insight into what the “new normal” might be for Americans after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. It includes giving up handshaking indefinitely.
The Invisible Enemy
Sounds pretty rough, right? A study published by the University of Colorado suggests that germs on hands are a pretty common thing. A typical hand has typically 150 different species of bacteria living on it. The researchers detected and identified more than 4,700 other bacteria species across 102 human hands in the study. That is a lot of germs, to be honest. Suddenly eating Biryani with hands doesn’t sound like a good plan, does it?
Old Visiting Card, brand new problems: My story
Now, imagine the number of bacteria and germs you receive and propagate daily only by every piece of business visiting card shared. Imagine a business person’s dilemma when they get to the point where biodata or personal information has to be shared. We already know that sharing any item such as a paper visiting card or a pamphlet is not safe but crucial to get into the listing of the person of interest. I faced a similar situation two months back in October when I visited a local bakery for a digital promotion freelancing job opening. Things got pretty awkward, to be honest. They did not accept my paper visiting card. Instead, I had to verbally tell all my details, which they wrote down on their general entry register.
I got the gig though, yes they were kind enough to offer me the job but I found the whole situation pretty unprofessional even as a freelancer. This is the first part of my story, by the way, the second part will be shared later in this blog.
What to do exactly?
Now coming back to the topic. I could not help but think about how big corporations and individuals would be maintaining contactless exchange, avoiding physical interaction, and still doing their job. After all, exchanging such a necessary thing as a visiting card is a regular part of their daily job. No one does the hard work of choosing between simple name card designs and many visiting card designs, order for business card printing from a printing company, carrying a bunch of them everywhere, and just keeping it in their wallet and not sharing with anyone.
Imagine if you had to choose between ‘coming across as unprofessional and rejected’ upon not having anything to share your information and ‘coming across as ignorant and rejected’ upon not considering a contactless workplace environment with minimum physical interaction. Tough choice with the whole lose-lose situation, right?
The question remains
So did we hit rock-bottom here, is there no way out of this situation? What options do we have? And which of those options can replace a conventional professional visiting card? What would it take to incorporate that option into our “new normal”? Can that option become a solution for us? Luckily yes, we already have an answer—one which eliminates the need for germ carrier paper visiting cards and maintains the contactless workplace approach.
Digital visiting card, the brand new solution: The story continues
The Trace digital visiting card is the solution and the second part of my story that I was talking about earlier. With contactless technology for sharing information, this smart card changes the game entirely.
The solution: A safer Option
Coming back to my story, I completed my tenure as a freelancer in the bakery that I was working in for two months. Now they had a permanent job opening for the post of a social media marketing manager. I was ready for the interview and already had my Trace digital visiting card in my wallet. I completed the interview and tapped on the store manager’s the owner’s phone with my smart card when they asked for my biodata, resume, and contact details. Not going to lie, but they were impressed. I got a call on the very next day, and now I work there. My manager was so impressed that he has a personalized digital visiting card of his own now. I am pretty confident about how I am going to make a professional connection in the future.
What lies ahead?
The search and efforts are still on
Encouraging the contactless exchange of things should be our priority in the current scenario. Every step towards that, even the small ones, matter. If each of us pushes just a little bit in the right direction, the force generated will be enough to make a change.