Remote working with Amy Johnston
At David Allen, our people are at the very heart of what we do and are essential to the high level of service we deliver.
We caught up Amy Johnston who manages our Workington office to find out more about her experience working from home.
How are you finding working remotely?
The past few weeks have been a really busy time! Initially ensuring that all of my team are set up correctly and comfortably to work from home. Keeping in touch with all of my clients has been a main priority to ensure that they feel supported and know the facts during these strange times.
I have a desk set up at home, with all my IT equipment and desk chair from the office. This makes working remotely more comfortable and helps me to keep in my normal routine.
What are you doing to keep in touch with the rest of the David Allen team?
We are using Microsoft Teams to keep in touch, as well as emails and phone calls. Through the Microsoft Teams software, we have been sharing and discussing files which is working well. Being on video calls also means you can’t be tempted to spend the day in your dressing gown!
Keeping in touch is essential to us. We come together to digest the daily update information and updated guidance. It is vital that we provide a jargon free version for our website and communicate this to our clients.
How are you looking after your emotional well being?
Keeping a routine has been key for me. I am still doing my work in the way I would do it in the office but using flexi time to have more frequent but shorter breaks. Keeping in touch with colleagues has really helped too.
What advice would you give to others working from home?
- Somewhere comfortable to work from home, the sofa and laptop combination doesn’t work for me!
- Try and keep to a routine. At David Allen we operate a flexi-time policy so this helps to break the day up a bit and get into the garden with a cuppa! (Weather permitting!)
- Keeping in touch with colleagues. This is new for all of us, so keeping in touch with each other really helps!
Tell us, what are your new co-workers like?
I have an eleven-year-old sister and doing her schoolwork from home has been a challenge in some cases – Google has become my friend on a couple of occasions!
The dogs have also never been walked as much in their lives as everybody is fighting over who can take them next!