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April 13, 2020

Work from Home Advice from Jones PR

Jamee Barwick – Account Coordinator

With stay-at-home orders placed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, now more than ever companies are rallying together to find the best way to communicate to maximize operations during this unprecedented time.


Working from home has become the new norm to ensure the safety and health of employees around the world. Zoom meetings, Google Hangout and FaceTime are some of the many ways businesses are staying connected. Here is an inside look at how some of the employees at Jones PR are handling their new work environment.

Mick Cornett – Executive Counsel

How do you feel about virtual meetings?
It is better than a phone call but not as good as a personal meeting.

Taylor Ketchum – Vice President

What advice would you give to someone working from home?
Eat snacks throughout the day. You are in a new norm, so you may forget to eat at normal times. Keep the headaches away as much as you can!

Least favorite part?
I miss my downtown food spots -this cooking from home stuff all the time is getting old. :)

Gilles Weingart – Assistant Creative Director

What do you think the office as a whole has learned?
The value and convenience of being able to walk over to a colleague and have a straight conversation as well as the jokes and banter that ensue.

Ashley Glass – Account Executive

What has been your favorite part?
I love being able to shut my computer right at 5 p.m. and start hanging out with my husband and fur children. I commute for 45 minutes to an hour to and from work each weekday so it's been great getting that time back. I love the ability to get started on dinner early, too!

What keeps you on track throughout the day?
I love working, communicating with my clients and putting in professional development time so I stay on track easily!

If you could describe working from home in one word what would it be?
Comfy.

Daniel Seitz – Account Executive

What have you learned from working from home?
My futon is much less comfortable than my office chair.

What do you think the office as a whole has learned?
That we truly need to lean on each other to continue being successful, especially during hard times.

What advice would you give to someone working from home?
Set goals, get your work done, but don't freak out about the lack of structure. Embrace the chaos.

Kristen Fine – Assistant Account Executive

What have you learned from working from home?
I enjoy working from home because I can work on my patio and enjoy the fresh air. This also helps me think more creatively and clearly.

What advice would you give to someone working from home?
To break up the day with home tasks, working out and work items. You don't need to sit at your computer all day. You can maximize your time and effort by letting yourself do the things you need or want to.

Carolyn Taylor – Account Coordinator

What have you learned from working from home?
I downloaded an app that guides me through meditations! Every morning when I wake up, I’ve been spending 15 minutes clearing my head and getting ready for the day ahead. It has done wonders for my productivity!

Least favorite part?
The editing process - I’m more of a pen and paper kinda gal, but I found it takes too much time to print, edit, take a picture and send back to a coworker, so I’ve had to resort to learning how to edit through Google Docs which is now a new skill!

What advice would you give to someone working from home?
Don’t let yourself fall out of a routine! Find your new groove and how you like to spend your mornings in order to be the most productive each day.

Colton Basks – Account Coordinator

What has been your favorite part?
My favorite part has definitely been getting to spend time with my family. Like everyone, I’ve gotten annoyed a few times but overall, I’ve learned to value this time being stuck with them.

Where is your favorite place to set up work at home?
My favorite WFH location has definitely been the home-office at my house. I’ve found that it’s usually more distraction-free than other areas of my house.
 
What advice would you give to someone working from home?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! For a lot of us, working from home is new and we’re all a little unsure. Ask your supervisors questions. Chances are, they’re also a little unsure, so collaboration may be the best thing to get questions answered.

Andrew Aston – Account Coordinator

What has been your favorite part?
I love the flexibility that comes from working from home and not having to deal with a daily commute. There are other perks, too. For example, I’ve had more time to cook and try new recipes, and my apartment is the cleanest it’s been in quite a while!

What advice would you give to someone working from home?
If you have the opportunity, don’t stay inside all day. If you can do so safely while maintaining social distancing boundaries, sit on your back porch, go out on your balcony or take a walk. Fresh air is always good for clearing your head.

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