During lockdown – a team member’s experience of remote working.

Can you give us an overview of your working day?

I stay as close to normal working hours as possible (sometimes, I work through lunch with no one to remind me!). Since I’m not doing my make-up or commuting, I can enjoy another hour in bed, which is always nice! 

I get up around 8.30 am, make coffee and breakfast, and start work between 9 and 9.30 am. I’ll stop for a bite to eat at some point, but I usually stay at my desk or only take a quick 10 minutes away. I’ll finish between 5 and 5.30, and it’s nice to be home as soon as I finish work!

 What element of your work is particularly suited to working from home?

All of the work we do is suited to remote working, besides having to make a call, instead of having a chat with colleagues at the next desk, to discuss projects with the team, it’s all been pretty seamless.

What aspects of working from home are particularly productive for you?

There are fewer distractions, as people can message me, and I can usually answer them fairly soon. However, if someone’s walking over to my desk in the office, it takes me off my train of thought, and it’s hard to get back into it.

Are there any parts of our role that are difficult to complete working from home?

I don’t think so. I thought the monthly reviews I do with my team would be difficult to complete, but a video call worked nicely for this.

Do you have any advice for people working from home that helps you in your day-to-day work?

Try to stick to a routine as much as possible, and set yourself up a desk with the same or similar equipment to what you have in the office. Avoid working all day on the couch; keeping work and relaxation areas separate is best.

What are you looking forward to about returning to the office?

Seeing the team. We’ll message and talk to each other regularly throughout the day, but obviously not as much as if we were sitting in the same room.

 What has been the best thing about working from home?

Being able to finish work and not having to drive home. Usually, I would get home at about 6.30 pm, exercise, and then eat and sit down quite late. Now, I have more energy to run after work, and being able to head out earlier than usual has helped.

What is the worst thing about working from home?

I only miss the team, really, and not chatting with each other as much during the day. Oh – and my cat seems to think my desk is a nice place to lie, which can get annoying…!

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