How We’re Working: Making Work From Home Work For Us

by Lauren Nisbet, Assistant Product Manager, Core Business

The biggest change I’ve experienced since working from home has been transitioning from our spacious office to my tiny apartment. Our Toronto office is open concept, with giant windows looking out over the city from every angle. I always appreciated the chance to stretch my legs and enjoy the view as I walked through the office with my morning coffee, and I knew I would miss it. Luckily I’ve also got a great city view from my balcony, so as the weather has warmed up over the Spring I’ve been able to keep enjoying Toronto views from a different vantage point.

I feel very lucky to have a job that allows me to maintain my usual workflow from home; I’m able to check my emails, schedule meetings, analyze sales trends, track work-back schedules and coordinate strategy for my product lines the same way I would from the office.  Our team has adapted by shifting our regular conference-room meetings to video chats, which we use to check in with each other on team processes and address any new challenges that come up as a result of the changes that are happening in the world right now. We also make an effort to schedule occasional lunchtime chats to share stories about how we’re all coping with the feeling of being isolated – for me this has meant binge-watching Schitt’s Creek, organizing my bookshelf by color, re-visiting abandoned knitting projects, and going for physically-distant jogs through the trail system in my neighborhood (something I never thought I would find myself doing!).

Bookshelf reorganization in progress

There are a lot of things I miss about going into the office every day, but it has also been an interesting challenge to adapt to the ‘new normal’. It’s encouraging to see how different teams within the company have discovered new ways of working, and how co-workers continue to support each other and celebrate the ‘wins’ both big and small. Whether we’re toggling through different background options on Microsoft TEAMS, hosting impromptu meet-and-greets with our pets, or sneaking a peek at the bookshelves behind someone’s head in their webcam view, we’ve all found ways of making ‘Work From Home’ work for us, and that’s something worth celebrating.  

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