Here at The Point.1888 we trust our staff to choose when, how and where they work best.
Amongst our team of 21 there really is a mix of those who hate the idea of home working and will always be found in the office, to others who work best from 4pm- 1am and then the ones who like to mix it up between HQ, their kitchen table and communal work spaces.
The Point is we offer our team the choice. Our staff can work wherever and whenever they please so long as they do a great job.
That’s not to say remote working is without problems. Following on from a blog we ran last month all about our team’s top tips on working from home, which you can find here. We’ve had so many of you contact us with your own ideas and top tips, as well as some cringeworthy moments where home working really can cause the odd hilarious incident that will forever be remembered and repeatedly brought up by your wonderful colleagues.
We wanted to hear just what our staff have to say on this topic and maybe gather a few gems that we can use as ammunition when required!
- “Peppa Pig episodes coming to a stop, mid call with the bank, cue not 1 but 2 moody toddlers demanding “more Peppa, more Peppa”. Not only that but mid discussion with said bank manager talking them through our incredibly flexible working policy. Oh the irony!” This ones from our very own MD Will.
- “The dog barking every time another dog passes the house. Tricky when the dog loves to be right where I am working, keeping my feet warm, and we have huge windows looking out onto the path outside.” Father of 3 Ed, and multiple pet owner!
- Hannah remembers a hilarious phone call she was having with her manager (Bethan!) and mid conversation she hears “NO THEO you can’t stab the dog with a sword, would you like it if someone stabbed you with a sword?”
- “It can be frustrating when you need a quick answer to something and the person you need is not just a desk away. Waiting on e-mails, Whatsapps and calls can sometimes prolong what should be a pretty quick task to complete,” says Head of Marketing Sarah
- “Mopping up blood whilst contributing to a conference call with colleagues is the US was certainly terrifying. That was the first and last time my son stuck a pair of scissors up his nose for fun.” Louise, Head of FMCG really getting into a bloody mess whilst working from home (get it?).
- Carrie, who prefers the office but does the occasional home day points out, “I miss having the team around me to bounce ideas off, for example when you just need someone to help you word an e-mail better or pass their eye over an important presentation and there is no one there to help. It definitely has made me better at making my own mind up more quickly!”
- Another pitfall caused by children comes from Bethan, “I often have my phone on speaker so I can type and talk, but that proved to be a mistake when Theo came bounding into the room shouting “I need a Poo, Mummy, POO POO” during a sales call- luckily internal.
- “Having the Police knock at my door is certainly not a regular occurrence, but typically the one time they did turn up I was mid phone call with our designer Dave and had to try and explain that I really was a good law abiding citizen and this had NEVER happened to me before” Poor Janine with some unfortunately timed visit from the local bobby.
- Another from Will, but lets hope his wife doesn’t read this, “The regular “To do list” I get left because working from home means sitting on the sofa watching “Cash in the Attic” all day. Obviously!”
- Technology failures was a big one for lots of our team. From phone reception, to Google Drive, Wifi to batteries dying, and having no IT support there to assist when the laptop crashes and loses about 8 hours work!
- Another recurring pitfall must be forgetting to eat. Without the office prompting you to take a break and grab a sandwich with a colleague, its not uncommon for some of us to be eating lunch at 4pm, or as Will suggests, “Try to still eat breakfast, lunch and dinner no matter what time of day. I frequently grab some Weetabix at 2pm, then promptly eat a sandwich so I don’t miss out on a key meal.” We aren’t convinced by this one Will, sorry!
Finally, we want to leave you with this little video. Who can forget that incredible bit of footage that went viral last year, when during a BBC news interview covering the latest in South Korea, Professor Robert Kelly’s children both appeared!! Just to reassure you that someone elses experience is always a whole lot worse than your own https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY