Written by: Melanie Morton, Social Media Manager
There is nothing more freeing than coming home from a long day of work.
To some people, my commute is unrelatable. As I move from my office to my kitchen, it takes me roughly two minutes, give or take, (some traffic delays caused by me). However, as of March 13, 2020, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of Canadians have packed up their desks and moved them to their homes, too.
For some, the change is a challenge. For me, though, since the age of seventeen, I’ve been working virtually as a social media manager, and now a marketing assistant. With many years, and lots of learning to say no to my fridge, one thing will never stop; the assumptions. I’ve lost track of how many times someone has said, “Working from home sounds like a dream, I’d love to be in my pajamas all day.” Though I do get to wear my fuzzy socks, remote work comes with a lot of self-discipline and trust that only a strong team can build.
Before the Canadian population was taking COVID-19 seriously, in early March, I attended a conference. With guest speakers from all over the country, one panellist stood out. As a Sr. Client Partner at Twitter Canada, Justin Vandenberg began talking about Twitter Canada’s early precautions to the virus. From working in a space that is notoriously known for its inclusive workplace culture, such as Twitter, to having to move completely away from it all, is quite the change. To lighten up the social distancing mood, for many social people, the virtual Twitter office began hosting daily “MTV welcome to my crib” style live streams where one co-worker invites the rest of the office on a tour of their home with live commentary. Not only did this have me wondering what was in my bosses’ fridges yet taught me one valuable lesson from Justin; it doesn’t matter where you are located, it matters if the workplace culture is strong enough to embrace change.
As a full-time student, working at Full Scoop has allowed me to manage my tasks with the freedom I need. What does this freedom mean? It means no clocking in from nine to five, just get the job done. If I wanted to, I could make graphics at 10 pm, as long as I find the time to put the effort in. This effort comes with a lot of guidance too. Though I am stationed at home, I know that no question too small cannot be answered by a quick email. What I value more than anything, is the certainty that I will get a detail-oriented email back from Toni, and one back from Paula telling me not to say “sorry” at the end of every email. By learning to accept my mistakes, building from them, and discovering that women don’t need to apologize, through working from home, I’ve grown more, in work and life, than I’d ever expected.
It all comes back to connection. In times of self-isolation and fear, it’s worth learning from the work-from-home culture. Whether it’s welcoming co-workers (virtually) to your humble abode, or binging Netflix as you create graphics, it’s vital to ensure a routine that doesn’t only bring productivity but a joy to your day. Who knows, the future of corporations may have to be working from home…but more on that later 😉