Working from home stories

23.06.20

by Editorial Staff

Everyone will have a story about how their working life has been impacted by COVID-19. We speak to four of our staff in different situations to find out how they’ve adapted, and the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered along the way

23.06.20

by Editorial Staff

Everyone will have a story about how their working life has been impacted by COVID-19. We speak to four of our staff in different situations to find out how they’ve adapted, and the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered along the way

Name: Dharshan Balasingam
Role: Lead Business Analyst – OTT Division
Location: Los Angeles, CA

What’s your working from home set-up like?

I live alone in a one-bedroom apartment. My desk and computer are set up in the living room next to a window that overlooks a park. It’s a very pleasant view!

How has your working life changed in response to the current situation?

The stress of driving to the office has been removed, which leaves more time and energy to start work earlier than usual and meet the needs of the project team based in Europe. I’m also able to incorporate different activities into my day, such as cycling and yoga, which would have been more difficult with a regular office schedule.

However, I do miss in-person interactions with colleagues. Seeing as I joined Deltatre remotely, I’ve only met my colleagues virtually!

What’s working well?

My home is very quiet with no interruptions, so I’m able to focus extremely well. Virtual meetings are also more productive than I anticipated.

What challenges are you are facing? How are you overcoming them?

Working with different time zones in Europe means I usually start my day between 6am and 7am. I try to make sure I have enough sleep by getting to bed earlier than usual, but it doesn’t always happen!

Has this period taught you anything?

Working virtually is as effective as being in the office. The flexibility has allowed me to be more productive.

Do you have any remote working tips?

Give it a try and experiment with the flexibility that it offers!

Name: Hope Chambers-Lanzoni
Role: HR Administration
Location: London, UK

What’s your working from home set-up like?

I live with my husband, and my nine-year-old daughter, who has been out of school since 20th March. As working from home was a once-per-week norm, it wasn’t that difficult to transition working every day from home. Our living room has become our office, with our break-out room being the master bedroom, fully kitted out with a desk and chair, and if needs be, a second monitor and laptop.

How has your working life changed in response to the current situation?

My working life has changed significantly in the sense that I have had to find a way to juggle a full-on eight-hour work-day, sort lunch and dinner, monitor and manage home-learning for a Year 4 child, plus attempt to get some fresh air and exercise in along the way (and oh, let’s not forget the house still needs to be cleaned!)

What’s working well?

The fact that both my husband and I are so busy, we try to share the duties to our daughter, and we give each other the space needed when we need to get on those never-ending Zoom calls.

What challenges are you are facing? How are you overcoming them?

The biggest challenge I face is not spending enough time with my daughter. Many days go by where we start out well with schoolwork that has been assigned to her by her school – but by the time we get to 3pm, the drive has died and the schoolwork isn’t finished for submission.

I have a lot of work to do as there are always going to be issues that arise despite the lock-down. I certainly do not get outside for that fresh air often enough but have tried shutting down earlier to go for a 45-minute walk around the neighbourhood. Fresh air helps clear one’s mind.

Has this period taught you anything?

The value of being free to see who you want and go where you want, when you want. Something as simple as going into the office and interacting with our wonderfully diverse people has made me realize that we do need that one-to-one contact. Although this period has worked well, we also need to speak to people, laugh, joke and solve problems together.

Do you have any remote working tips?

Trust that your employees will do the work. COVID-19 has shown us all that we can work at home effectively and productively for months on end. Keep in touch, keep the meetings light, do not micromanage, accept the fact that we all have varying levels of responsibility outside of work.

Name: Emad Rasool
Role: Sr. Project Portfolio Manager
Location: Los Angeles, CA

What’s your working from home set-up like?

My office space is in my upstairs loft in my apartment in LA. The loft is used as a home office and space where I like to hang out and listen to and make music. I keep the majority of my record collection, music equipment, and random collectibles up there.

How has your working life changed in response to the current situation?

It’s changed greatly as I am not in the same physical space as my colleagues and have had to make my home office my daily work set up. However, adapting to the current situation was not as difficult as I imagined as my colleagues are located worldwide so we have been able to continue business as usual.

What’s working well?

Maintaining a separation between my work office and the rest of my home has allowed me to continue a great work-life balance. Also, sticking to a routine and a schedule has helped keep a sense of normalcy.

What challenges are you are facing? How are you overcoming them?

At times, it has been difficult to stop working and ‘unplug’ at the end of the day when my daily commute consists of walking up and down a few steps from my loft. It’s easy to run back up to my office if a new idea pops into my head. I’ve overcome these challenges by setting boundaries and trying to keep the same mindset as when I was working in the office.

Has this period taught you anything?

It has taught me that I can maintain a good work-life balance if I set the right boundaries for myself and hold myself accountable. It has also taught me how willing and quickly my team is able to adapt to the day-to-day challenges that arise from not being able to see each other physically in the office. Throughout the period, Deltatre has had the best interest of its employees in mind.

Do you have any remote working tips?

Put your employees’ needs and wants first and communicate with them often – Deltatre has sent us weekly updates in addition to having weekly check-ins with leadership. I have personally made sure to check in with my team as often as possible, even if that means a quick message.

Name: Martin Wandinger
Role: Controller
Location: Munich, Germany

What’s your working from home set-up like?

I live with my wife and my two daughters (five and one years old). My wife is on parental leave so we’re in the luxurious situation that the childcare is secured and I can concentrate on my work.

How has your working life changed in response to the current situation?

I save the driving time to the office, which extends my day by about one hour. However, I have to make my working hours more flexible and the line between leisure and work can blur.

What’s working well?

IT is working very well as we have good equipment and access to relevant systems. Even when I am at home, my family respects that I am not available during work.

What challenges are you are facing? How are you overcoming them?

There are some technical challenges with poor connection quality within team meetings if too many people are using the WiFi. It can also sometimes be noisy at home, so I make sure to listen to music with my headphones!

Has this period taught you anything?

The distance from my colleagues means I have to work in a more structured way.

Do you have any remote working tips?

Basically, working at home has many benefits and is accepted in our company. It’s important to improve the voice quality at meetings and sharing regular information helps to strengthen the bond within the company.

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