Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ

by Jerome Deroy | September 19, 2020

What's happened to the watercooler conversation?

By formalizing what goes on informally with the use of storytelling as part of a virtual onboarding strategy, companies preserve the type of exchange that’s at the heart of casual knowledge sharing.

Narativ’s CEO, Jerome Deroy, spent time around the watercooler at his first job years ago in Hong Kong. To this day he remembers the conversations that shaped his understanding of the company as well as the camaraderie that developed from these informal encounters.

Now, in the time of Covid-19, enormous changes have reshaped the corporate workplace. In this article, Jerome ponders what will happen to all that casual, in-person knowledge sharing? He proposes that storytelling, done virtually, can replace and preserve the value of watercooler conversations for a company’s culture.

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