The WFH Diaries - Lisa Ronson of Coles

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 24 August 2021
Lisa Ronson at home with Harry and Fleagle.

AdNews last year launched the WFH Diaries during the depths of the fallout from the pandemic, a way of sharing how people were spending their days.

This time we're asking for a run down on how everyone likes to start their day working from home. Some dress to impress, others slip on the t-shirt.

And everyone has their own way to carve the day into manageable chunks.

Lisa Ronson, Chief Marketing Officer, Coles Group: 

I wear the same clothes working from home as I do to the office. It’s generally jeans, boots, sneakers and I’ll wear a jumper or a jacket depending on the season. I just can’t sit and work in my tracksuit. I mean I love my tracksuit, don’t get me wrong. I get it straight on as soon as I finish on Webex!  But I just try to maintain that routine of getting up and getting dressed. My make-up and hair is similar to when I’m in the office.

I always start my day with a coffee like I do in the office, it just might be a coffee made from home rather than bought out. If I have time, I do try and get out and have a coffee to support the local café.

My distractions are of a furry friend variety. We have three beloved dogs and a gorgeous cat. Harry is our newest rescue dog - a two year old Maremma cross Labrador – and his mates are Fleagle and Max. The dogs often want to go in and out of the house or if we get a delivery they bark their heads off – so my mute button gets a bit of a workout. My cat Sophie loves to jump up and sit and stare at my screen, generally when I’m on with my boss, Steven Cain (Coles Group CEO)!

The upside of WFH is not sitting in traffic, that is a really good thing because there is more time in the day.  And on the flipside, because there is more time, just when thought your days couldn’t get any longer they do. You often find yourself on a Webex at 8pm when you would have left the office.

Given the production schedule we’ve been on during COVID, shoots can start at 10 or 11 o’clock on a Friday night.  Routine has been a lot harder to maintain, but we try and get together as a team and celebrate our wins and have a laugh too.  Checking in on mental health is so incredibly important as a team during times of isolation, as it is always. 

We need to recognise the inspiring efforts of the team during what has been a really intense 18 months for everyone both personally and professionally.  I’m really looking forward to celebrating our team at our annual “Golden Beets” awards night– we were hoping to get together for it in person, but as with so many events, our team has done an awesome job to pivot so we can have a virtual event. It will still be a great time to come together as a team and recognise all the things we have achieved.

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