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Meet the Team

Emma Lightbody

How are you finding working from home?

If I’m being honest, it’s difficult. I miss the human interaction of being in the office – being able to talk to my colleagues from both a work and social point of view, makes my day.

Benefits of working from home?

There are quite a few but if I had to choose, I’d say it’s not having to wear make-up and I get to wear my Browne Craine hoodie, which is just so comfy!

Negatives of working from home?

Having to make my own brew! Harry is the King of making the tea in our room and I’m missing him making his fantastic cups of tea!

How are you communicating with your team?

We are using “Zoom” daily – it’s been great seeing everyone on video chat. We use the time to catch up socially and check how everyone is doing, then before we sign up, we check to see if anyone has any work issues.

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

I have two dogs, Alfie and Tia, so I’ve been walking them regularly. I enjoy playing with them at lunchtime which definitely helps me relax before I start work again for the afternoon. I’ve also been going out on my electric bike with my Husband, Neil, on an evening and at the weekend, I’ll be cycling to work at this rate!

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

Having daily calls with the team – it really cheers me up. We are a close team and I do miss them!

 

Kate Parrish

How are you finding working from home?

I’m loving it! I do miss seeing everyone at work on a daily basis but I love being at home. I’m finding that I have so much more time to do things, such as doing keep fit sessions straight after work and going for a long walk in the evening. Craig and I enjoy cooking together so we’ve been making lots of scrummy dinners too!

Benefits of working from home?

I can start work that bit earlier which means I can finish for the day a little bit earlier. I normally go to the gym at 5.30am every morning but because it’s closed, I can have a lie in until 7am, its bliss! I can get myself ready for work and start between 8/8.30am, I work better in the mornings.

Negatives of working from home?

Not seeing everyone face to face is difficult as I really enjoy human interaction. Even though we keep in contact every day, it’s not quite the same.

How are you communicating with your team?

We are in regular contact – we have team meetings on “Zoom” and we also communicate via What’sApp and other social media platforms. I think in some way, it has brought us closer together because it has made us appreciate how close we are as a team.

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

I’m trying (key word) to do a keep fit session every evening. Like I said earlier I normally go to the gym - I really miss it, which is ironic because when you can go, you don’t want to go! I also go for a walk with Craig every night after work. We always try and go for long walks at the weekend too – we love being outdoors and in the fresh air.

Any tips of keeping your motivation while working from home?

Whether I'm working from the office or at home, every night before I switch off my computer, I look over at what I’ve done during the day and then I make a list of what I need to do tomorrow. This helps me switch off because I know I’m prepared for the next day and I’m not worrying about the jobs I need to do.

What I find really helps me when I’m working from home, is following my normal routine. I make sure I have my breakfast (Weetabix and Scrambled Egg!), I go for a shower, I do my make-up and my hair, and then I get dressed. While my laptop is booting up, I make myself a drink and then settle down for the morning. I feel that if you’ve made an effort (even though you might not see anyone), that it has set you up for the day and you can be more productive (more so than if you were to work in your jarmies all day!). While it might seem like a good idea working in your PJ’s, don’t forget, you might be asked to jump on a conference call which isn’t a great look!

 

Sandra Miller

How are you finding it working at the office alone?

My daily routine has not changed. I get up, dress in my work wear and leave for the office at the normal time. Driving in is a doddle as there is no traffic. I worry that when everyone comes back I will not be able to work in such a noisy, people filled environment! 

Benefits of being at work on your own?

I can support my colleagues by being here to redirect clients to their email accounts, scan documents to them, print and mail letters that they send in by email. It makes me feel part of the whole team. It is also so quiet that I am managing to attend to a lot of the jobs that usually get pushed to the bottom of the pile due to daily pressures. The stationery cupboard for example is now tidy!

We have some lovely clients and it is nice to be able to take a little time to chat to them and ask how they are before re-directing them.

Negatives of being at work on your own?

I miss the interaction with my colleagues. Whilst the days are busy, they are long. I also go home to an empty house which is one of the reasons I wanted to keep coming into the office. Whenever I pass a mirror I jump as I thought I was the only one here! Even the office ghost is quiet.

How are you communicating with your team?

Mostly by email. When you are in the office alone it can be difficult to get involved in team phone calls as the phone is still ringing here, just not as often.

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

I have a rowing machine that I glare at occasionally and have dusted off my skipping rope but other than that I just rely on solitary walks at the weekend. I am usually quite happy in my own company but that is when it is by choice. Now it is forced on me I am glad I have my cat. I am paying more attention to my diet too and trying to eat both healthily and considerately so I waste nothing and therefore do not have to go to the shops as often.

Any tips on keeping your motivation up whilst working alone?

I stick to my routine, wear work clothes, makeup and have the radio on all day! I find talking to myself helps too.

Peregrine Tiagnet ICAEW