Remote working with Laura Hamilton
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 with Laura Hamilton who manages our Corporate team in Dalston to find out more about her experience working from home.
How are you finding working remotely?
We are now into our second week indoors and have a pretty good routine established. My husband and I are able to switch between working and looking after a toddler which means our days are a bit longer but with lots more breaks in between, if you call toddler time a break! I get up early and start work around 6am which gives me a good couple of hours of uninterrupted work and then I get some morning cuddles and we have breakfast together. Xander will be 2 this week and luckily still has a 2 hour nap so that is another decent stretch of work I can do. Luckily I do have a room to work in where I can shut the door if I need to make calls, but I have heard a few little knocks to be let in!
What are you doing to keep in touch with the rest of the David Allen team?
I’m not the most technological of people but I’m learning! I manage a large team of people, a lot of whom are also working from home but we have now established a good remote working routine. We use Microsoft Teams, emails and good old fashioned phone calls to keep in touch and it seems to be working well. I think the physical distance has made me work harder to keep communicating and bring the team together. Our main focus is to continue delivering exceptional work to our clients.
How are you looking after your emotional well being?
I’m working in my conservatory so I’m pretty much in the garden, it is beautiful at this time of year, watching the Spring flowers starting to bloom so that makes me happy. I go outside with Xander twice a day to have a run around and we play golf and rugby together. As soon as Xander goes to bed, my husband and I do some exercise, lifting weights in the living room rather than taking it in turns to go to the gym. If only I could stop eating so many biscuits, I think I could come out of this a little healthier!
What advice would you give to others working from home?
Having a routine has really helped me along with having a separate room available with a proper IT set up. I have 2 screens and a desk chair to sit on; sitting on the sofa with a laptop just doesn’t work for me!
It is really difficult to adjust to any kind of new working so I think it is important to be flexible with yourself to find the working schedule that works best for you. David Allen has such great flexibility with work which is really helping at this time. If I can’t finish everything I want to in a day then there is always tomorrow to catch up. It is important to prioritise what needs doing and this starts with a fresh to do list every morning which I colour coordinate for each of my team members so I can easily see who is doing what.
Tell us, what are your new co-workers like?
Xander is fascinated by my work, I think it’s the novelty of having so much time with me at home. I’ve set his high chair next to my desk and he’ll sit for a decent amount of time and draw whilst I can get something done. I’ve also dug out his old ball pool from when he was tiny and he is happy to play in there for a time. My husband is a life saver to really focus on the trickier tasks and when I have a phone call. I also have 2 cats that are really enjoying having me here and the conservatory is their favourite room when the sun shines. I’ve usually got one on my lap and the other at my feet!