AdNews brings the stories of those working from home (WFH) in the advertising and media industry during the coronavirus crisis.
Beth Duddy is CX Director at VCCP.
How are you dealing with the silence?
As others have been saying, silence isn't really a thing when WFHing! My weeks are typically peppered with lots of google hangout meetings or slack notifications - weirdly I really quite like the slack ringtone - is this just me?! And when not I'm not in meetings I typically have Spotify tunes on in the background - my Discover Weekly playlists have been on point recently.
What’s the upside?
The personal upside is how it throws into sharp focus the people you really care about, and how stupidly easy it is to get in touch with friends across the world. I have had really grateful happy buzzes after talking to people who I haven't since I moved to Aus about a year ago. And more locally, the social distance makes us feel closer together as a community...through working from home I have really got to know our neighbours. My partner, a cafe owner, has even set up The Baden Street bakehouse - where he brings back leftover baked goods, and our neighbours drop by for a bargain!
Just being physically around people, both in the office, and those lunchtime walks, chats, and the odd cheeky pint!
How are you using the commuting time saved?
I am lucky enough to live on the coast in Coogee, so have upped my sunrise quota a lot - I'm averaging three a week! I have also become a bit weirdly domesticated on some days prepping dinner before our daily 9am catch ups.
I am looking forward to being back in the office because…
I am a big post-it note fan, being in CX/UX they are my tool of choice! It's just not the same plastering your home with them as it is a meeting room!
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