Last week, we at OggaDoon officially hit 100 days of working from home. So, what has it been like and how have we adapted to this new way of working?
Working from home – first impressions
Working from home is great! No more commute, more time with the kids, and a comfier existence. For most of the team at OggaDoon, the first few weeks of working from home felt like a welcome break from the drudgery of quotidien life. There were unexpected benefits both personally and collectively, such as more time to spend doing the things we enjoy, and a sudden reduction in air pollution.
After the initial enjoyment that came with working from home, we soon realised there were a number of challenges. Each team member had a different home set up and this presented individual challenges for each person. Whether it was disciplining children to follow a structured day of learning, stepping over housemates and dogs, bad wifi, or no privacy – we each were dealing with a lot.
It’s not a surprise, therefore, that we also struggled to feel like a team. Caroline established daily Zoom calls and we tried out a few different forms of virtual bonding to try to feel like a team again. It didn’t always work.
In a time when we’re being told by the Prime Minister to disconnect from our families and friends physically, it was a struggle to replicate this virtually.
Making it work
The challenges we faced working from home were not exclusive to OggaDoon. People all over the world felt the same way and were encountering mutual feelings of isolation; for many, it was a lot worse. But as a business, we’re proud of our resilience.
We eventually established a routine that worked. Each member of the team adjusted their home settings too – Bobby moved house, Caroline signed a contract with her children, and we hired two new staff.
We repositioned our business to fit the new world and we made it work.
The new normal
So, what next? Right now, we’re still officially working from home. But we plan on returning to the office come September to start reforming our physical team, in a way that works for the new world. We work with many businesses who are doing amazing things and we’re excited to be working alongside them, supporting the vision.
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