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Meet the team - Working from Home - The Audit Team

Meet the team

Lynsey Smith

How are you finding working from home?

It has certainly has been challenging with my two children!  I hope last week was a week of transition, and this week things will become more structured.  This week I’m focusing on building a routine for the three of us!

Benefits of working from home?

I get to spend more time with my children – I’ve been trying to working a little bit while they are playing, then I’ve been having time with them keeping them occupied, then I’ve returned to work in the evenings. My day has been somewhat different to the normal working day but hopefully things will fall into place as time goes on!

Negatives of working from home?

It’s definitely not having team interaction. From a work point of view, being in the office altogether means we can see what everyone’s working on and can pick up quickly if anyone needs help (including me!)  From a social point of view, when in the office it’s always nice hearing what everyone got up to on an evening or the weekend.. Whilst we are still having team chats, you can’t beat human interaction!

How are you communicating with your team?

We have a daily group team call on “Zoom” but then we are also communicating on What’sApp and phone calls too.

Are you doing anything fun to keep healthy during this time?

No, not yet, I’m just trying to keep my water levels up at the moment  - one step at a time!  Next step is to join an online workout first thing in the morning.

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

Stay positive! Remain optimistic, take time to appreciate your home and those who are with you. Take time out for coffee breaks and enjoy them! Give yourself some realistic goals that can be achieved each day or over the next few weeks. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, give yourself time to adjust. This is a temporary measure, focus on the things you can do and not the things you can’t.

Charlotte Corlett 

How are you finding working from home?

Not too bad, now I have my home office set up I feel like I can get on with work nearly as normal. Keeping the children entertained whilst they are off school is another matter.

Benefits of working from home?

I save around an hour a day commuting and so I get to spend more time with my children. Some days this is a benefit, others I wish I was in the office! Also being able to wear whatever I like is also a big plus for me!

Negatives of working from home?

Lack of social interaction is definitely a negative. It also makes it harder to explain tasks to Junior Members of the team. 

How are you communicating with your team?

Daily team call via Zoom, What’sApp, emails and phone calls. 

Are you doing anything fun to keep healthy during this time?

Unfortunately not yet, however with my gym being shut and my having a treadmill at home I think I may resume my couch to 5k training! 

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

Trying to set yourself a cut off time on working too late. Sometimes I can get caught up in finishing work (that may still take hours too do!) But I think that can lead to burn out. So I'd say come up with a time, for me its 10pm, where I try to not do any work after that time! 

Gareth Evans 

How are you finding working from home?

So far, so good! Although I must say, I am missing not having a multiple page scanner!

Benefits of working from home?

I find working from my home office, that I can concentrate for longer periods of time because there are no other distractions.

Negatives of working from home?

I can’t ask quick questions to my colleagues about certain projects or IT questions! I assume the same of me too.

How are you communicating with your team?

We are enjoying talking as a team on “Zoom” daily – we’ve also been using emails and phone calls for other quick conversations.

Are you doing anything fun to keep healthy during this time?

Not really. I intend to get out on the weekend into my garden which I use as an opportunity to do low-intensity exercise.

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

Do not watch repetitive news broadcasts which delight in presenting depressing or argumentative viewing, as it may depress your own mood; use a pomodoro timer technique. Set your alarm (I use a fun sand-filled hourglass from an app on my phone) for so many minutes (say 45 minutes), and take a self-enforced break thereafter for 5 or 10 minutes. I have found that keeps me going longer ultimately, and the quick breaks allow me to reconsider what I had just done, getting a better result; and use micro successes to motivate yourself; celebrate those micro successes.

Michelle Consani 

How are you finding working from home?

I’m enjoying working from home. I natter away to myself and the people on the radio! It has allowed me more time to get work done and without the commute it has made more time for my hobbies. I’ve even started to have more communication with friends, family and work colleagues.

Benefits of working from home?

I do find there are less distractions because there isn’t anyone to talk to so I can get my head down (but of course this is a negative too because it’s important to chat to your team). Having more time for my hobbies has been exciting for me. As I no longer have to commute to work, it has allowed me more time to speak to my friends and family on video calls etc.

Negatives of working from home?

I’m finding I’m snacking more which isn’t great for the waist line is it?! I’m finding I’m getting less fresh air which is something I need to work on.

How are you communicating with your team?

We are having regular phone calls with colleagues when we have queries about certain jobs, we also have a team call every afternoon via “Zoom” and we also have a What’sApp group too to use as a quick measure of communicating.

Are you doing anything fun to keep healthy during this time?

I’m trying to go for a jog or a walk in the morning or at lunchtime. I’ve maintained my yoga on a daily basis, and I’m keeping up my energy (eating) and drinking lots of fluids!

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

Have a plan for the day like a to do list – make it achievable; plan events that will get you out of the house when this is all over – it’ll give you something to look forward too; set small goals, like establishing (or maintain) an exercise routine and healthy(ier) eating habits; keep in touch with your family and friends; and try to do the hobbies that you previously didn’t have time for.

Harry Lovelady

How are you finding working from home?

The change has been somewhat of a shock! This is my first full-time role and I have only been working for six months so it has been a strange transition for me. However, we have all adapted really well and I feel proud of our company that we’ve been able to do this to help our community stay safe.

Benefits of working from home?

This is an interesting one – I’m going to have to say that I can have the window or doors, open and closed without having to ask anyone! We all have different body temperatures in our room so one minute someone is roasting, then the next minute someone is freezing! It’s all good fun though.

Negatives of working from home?

For me, I find not having someone here to ask for help when I have a query, quite difficult. I now send an email and wait for the response.

How are you communicating with your team?

We are talking regularly on “Zoom” – we’ve been having daily catch ups at 3pm! I also communicate with everyone via email and also call anyone if I need urgent help.

Are you doing anything fun to keep healthy during this time?

I’ve been playing football in the garden. The other day, I went out on my bike at lunchtime to get some exercise and fresh air.

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

I’ve been trying to give myself a routine so I know what I’m doing at the start of the day and then try and stick to my plan. I also think it’s really important to detach yourself at the end of the day.

 

Peregrine Tiagnet ICAEW