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How Headspacers are coping with the lockdown

We are really missing our clients, so we reached out to a few to find out about how they are coping with the current situation.

We asked 3 questions to clients from our Farringdon, Marylebone and Manchester locations. Here are their responses:

 

 

 

AUDELISS (Farringdon)

 

Can you give us 3 tips that have you found useful working from home?

1. Get up and ready to start working as if you are going into the office.

2. Make sure you get out of your home and have a walk during the day.

3. Stay connected to your team, even if its just to say hi.

 

What are the 3 things you have found most challenging?

1. Not being around people.

2. Not having the technology I have in the office.

3. Staying away from the biscuits!

 

Any tips on how to bring your team together?

Have regular VC team meetings.

 

 

RXBAR (Marylebone)

 

Can you give us 3 tips that have you found useful working from home?

1. Get the right kit/set up! A proper desk chair and a table to work on.

2. Have a routine where possible. I try to start my day at 9 and finish by 6, and avoid taking my laptop to the sofa with me in the evening! I also turn off work notifications on my phone outside of “working hours” so that I can fully switch off and recharge.

3. Find things to break up the work day/week. I go out during the day for fresh air/exercise and find activities to fill the evenings and weekends (e.g. MobGroup cooking class via Headspace on Thursday evening, learning French etc.

 

What are the 3 things you have found most challenging?

1. Not being able to see friends and family. I make more of an effort to Face Time now!

2. Eating healthy. Much easier to snack all day… I’ve invested in a juicer to make healthy juices and keep up my intake of fruit and veg.

3. Not working all the time. Making a conscious effort to set boundaries and start/finish the day as I would in the office.

 

Any tips on how to bring your team together?

1. Set clear priorities for your team. Have quick daily check ins / weekly 1-2-1’s to keep a pulse on morale and support where needed.

2. Brainstorm topics as a team – this brings everyone together and provides different perspectives.

3. Do full team happy hours and quizzes via video – no work chat!

4. Team WhatsApp group and instant messaging via Slack to keep in touch.

5. Do video calls rather than voice so you feel like you’re in the same room.

 

 

TI MEDIA (Manchester)

 

Can you give us 3 tips that have you found useful working from home?

1. Have a routine – get up , showered and ready for work. Get in work mode. If you are in PJ’s I don’t think it sets us up a productive day. Also try to compartmentalise work time and when you are off duty.

2. Set yourself a work goal for the day. There’s a sense of achievement when its complete.

3. Be proactive – speak to your team mates, customers, peers and keep abreast of what’s happening in your market, in order to find opportunities.

 

What are the 3 things you have found most challenging?

1. Juggling home life, children and work isn’t easy.

2. Making the day and evening / weekend different. It’s all blending into one. Also am not feeling like I am getting a break.

3. Am missing the general social interaction and banter

 

Any tips on how to bring your team together?

1. MS Teams is great and we have a team meeting every morning on video call.

2. Keep communicating.

 

MARKET FINANCE (Manchester)

 

Can you give us 3 tips that have you found useful working from home?

1. Structure during the day.

2. Using daily exercise allowance.

3. Set at a designated work station rather than just working on sofa etc.

 

What are the 3 things you have found most challenging?

1. Communicating with the team efficiently.

2. Keeping the structure mentioned above.

3. Lack of face-to-face interaction with team.

 

Any tips on how to bring your team together?

Communicate, communicate, communicate. Preferably over video!

 

Thanks to all those who contributed!

Stay safe and well everyone!

 

 

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