AdNews brings the stories of those working from home (WFH) in the advertising and media industry during the coronavirus crisis.
Amber Clarke is senior account manager at The Project Factory.
How are you dealing with the silence?
I’ve been lucky enough to have my flatmate WFH as well so it’s been great having her to banter with, sing along with to whatever is cranking on our boom-y and we even join each other’s Friday virtual drinks. Safe to say, we’ve kept each other sane (mostly) and there’s certainly no silence in our home office! Also, the TPF team created Sound Bored to keep us connected. It’s a fun ios app allowing users to bring sounds of the office into people’s makeshift offices at home in just a few taps. So we have that loaded up some days too!
What’s the upside?
I can’t say that we would’ve tried an 80s aerobics class as a team before the pandemic (the class was virtual of course). We are finding very creative ways to connect with one another and it’s a LOT of fun watching your colleagues dance as if nobody is watching (ironic hey?).
Oh gosh, it’s a little lonely at times for us extroverts. I think I’ve chewed the ear off most of the baristas in my area - I was always so excited to see another human!
How are you using the commuting time saved?
I’m actually getting in more steps a day and I now have time to meditate and stretch out. On the flip side, there’s a little more time to sleep in after a midweek trivia session involving wine. #Balance
I am looking forward to being back in the office because…
I miss the office bants and dad jokes.
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