AdNews brings the stories of those working from home (WFH) in the advertising and media industry during the coronavirus crisis.
Pia Chaudhuri is group creative director at BMF Australia.
How are you dealing with the silence?
In the early days, between my partner, toddler and two cats, there wasn’t any silence! In fact, there were conference calls made from the bathroom, Zoom calls in the rain and lots of late nights catching up on work while everyone else was asleep. Since my son went back to daycare and my partner went back to the office though, it’s just the cats that make the odd appearance on video calls. It’s relative peace for a change, which is lovely.
What’s the upside?
I’m very close to the snack cupboard. I can do the washing at lunch time.
I’m very close to the snack cupboard. I now do the washing at lunch time.
How are you using the commuting time saved?
I feel like any time saved gets used up by something else. I probably just work more! I miss the separation between work and home though. Now my kitchen table is my desk, I wear slippers all day, and jeans are the most uncomfortable items of clothing I own. However, I’ve mastered the art of the toasted sandwich (aka jaffle) so I guess it’s not all bad.
I am looking forward to being back in the office because…
I can’t wait to have a proper chair again. But also, I miss being around people. I actually only started at BMF in January, so I’ve spent more time WFH than in the office which is weird. It’s much harder to get to know people through a screen so I’m definitely looking forward to the casual chats that happen between meetings IRL.
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