Working from Home Tips

We are living through an extraordinary and unforgettable time as COVID-19 continues to change the world as we know it. Communique Design & Marketing, like thousands of other companies around the globe, has made the transition to working from home. Although we miss our team, clients, and office adventures, we know we are doing our part to help protect our communities and our loved ones.

Check out how your favorite Communiquétors have adjusted to this unprecedented time and hopefully it will help you and your business adapt to these virtual working conditions.

Laurie, President & CEO

Bella, dog

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, but it has been amazing to see our community come together to support each other.

Communiqué has always been at the forefront of change and this situation is no different. We have continued to support our clients and have adjusted to this new working world with several daily check-ins and consistent communication. This situation has made our team stronger than ever as we continue to support each other and provide our clients with the best service possible.

Because everything is now done virtually, I have found that a mid-day run with my dog Bella helps clear my mind. It gives me time to reflect on how Communiqué can continue serving our community and our clients as well as how we can continue adapting to this new digital environment.

Running has always been my outlet and during this time, it has given me the much needed escape from the uncertainty we are all facing. As the weather continues to improve, I enjoy this time outside and take comfort in knowing we will all get through this together.

Adrianne Torea, Content Marketing Manager

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Although I’ve heard it’s good for mental health to dress up and pretend like you’re going in to work…for me, comfort is key. I have several pairs of sweatpants in rotation these days and I love it.

I brew my own coffee every morning and usually drink it black. I put the leftover in the fridge for a little afternoon delight – iced coffee.

Something that really helps me is a mid-day run or walk. I just need to get outside each day to clear my mind and gain a little energy. Running is the best for me because I am always bursting with energy afterwards. Obviously it helps when the weather is nice.

Another thing that helps is natural light and indoor plants. I sit in the sunniest part of my house, which is also where I keep my plants. The natural light helps me stay energized and focused while my plants keep me company. And so do my cats. Although lately, my cats have been eating my plants. Not cool.

Another tip is to stay connected – if I have a question for a coworker…I call or FaceTime them. I’ve been trying to avoid text.

Finally, I celebrate happy hour at 5pm as a little reward for a hard day’s work. 😉

Tim Youngs, Creative Director 

Pickles, dog

Each day, around mid-afternoon, I find myself needing to take a quick break from graphic design. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but sometimes I need a few minutes outside to get creative.

My dog Pickles and I have a routine where we go for a hike each day. Pickles enjoys running through the woods and finding the muddiest path possible. Watching him find so much joy in being outside is inspiring to me and I treasure these moments we have together.

When I go back inside to continue working, I like to bring that appreciation and perspective into my work. Finding inspiration throughout the day is my number one tip for working from home.

Maddie Ulrich, Communications Manager

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  • Teddy, dog, Montour Falls, waterfall, outside, walk
  • Shaggy, dog

While working from home was a tough transition at first, I now embrace my new work life and appreciate the little things. For me, routine is something I need and look forward to. It gives me an outline for my day and helps me stay on track.

My day starts with a cup of coffee (with probably too much cream) and then I sit at my computer in my home office (formerly known as the storage room). I answer emails, make phone calls, do some research, i.e. whatever needs to be done that day. Having my own space to do this puts me in a productive mindset to focus on my work.

We have a morning check-in at 10AM and it’s always nice to see the Team’s smiling faces. This gives us an idea of the priorities for the day and if anyone needs any extra support. After that, it’s back to work.

In the afternoon, I like to light a nice candle and enjoy a cup of tea. I look forward to these afternoon habits.

At the end of the day, our team has a check-in meeting to know where each project stands. After that, I finish up anything that needs to be done and try to make a list of priorities for the next day.

Another thing I have found to be important is to do something to decompress at the end of the day. It can be hard to go from working at home to just living at home. For me, it’s good to get out of the house for a few minutes. I’ve been enjoying an afternoon walk with my two dogs, Teddy and Shaggy. At a safe distance, it’s a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy nature, and appreciate everything blooming around us.

Melissa Sprole, Graphic Designer

Daisy, dog, booties, boots

When I get up in the morning before work (I have been enjoying the extra hour of sleep lately!), I start my day by taking care of my dog Daisy. When I take her out in the morning, I always go through the process of propping her on my knee and putting on her little boots so her paws don’t get muddy. She still doesn’t quite know how to walk in them, but she is doing her best. I start my day of working from home after I finish making breakfast for the both of us. I go to my desk in my bedroom and get to work. I like to have Daisy by my side while I’m working on projects, but sometimes she pouts if I don’t constantly play tug-of-war with her.

Lately, I have been playing the new Animal Crossing game after work to decompress, and it’s very addicting! There is something relaxing about running around in a video game and catching butterflies.

During this time of social distancing, I definitely recommend starting projects in order to keep yourself productive, whether they be essential household chores or just fun hobbies.

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The Communiqué Design & Marketing team on their daily Zoom meeting while working from home.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in more ways than we yet know. For now, it is important to adapt to this new virtual world and to efficiently work from home. Give our tips a try and figure out what works best for you and your organization.

For more information about how to communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out our blog on crisis communication. 

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