The positives of working from home by Matilda #TeamShoo

At the moment it is easy to find negativity, all we need to do is switch on the television for all of 5 minutes or even just think about how we haven’t been able to go to the supermarket without engaging in a high stakes game of socially distanced human Tetris. So I think that looking for the positives is important these days. We need to rally together and fight the negativity. Take a few minutes to think of some positives. I’ll start you off.  

Here are a few of the positives that I have found when working from home: 

  1. No commute; This is the positive that keeps giving positives! 
    • You don’t have to get up as early to go to work 
    • You save money on petrol and public transport tickets 
    • You don’t have the stress of the inevitable train delay or surprise roadworks on your route in 
    • It’s more environmentally friendly 
    • At the end of the day when you tired from all your hard work, you don’t have to travel for ages to get home, you can just go straight to the fridge and get a G&T. 
  2. No set working hours; We are no longer bound by the shackles of the 9-5! (or 10-4, in my case) If you are a morning person you can work at 5:00 am or if your work juices flow from 9:00 pm onwards then you can do that to. We have the flexibility to shape the day in whatever way we choose!
  3. No dress code; Every day can be casual Friday when you are working from home. Why not go wild? Wetsuit Wednesday’s anyone?
  4. Higher productivity; without office distractions, it’s a lot easier to race through your work and get more done. However, I do miss the procrastination discussion of if you were an animal what would you be? 

Although recognising and exploiting these positives has given much joy over the last few months. There is one more positive that have enjoyed the most. However, it does need some explaining so bear with me. 

I began my internship at Shoo last October as the events coordinator. Since starting I have had the opportunity to organise many events; such as networking events, charity fashion shows and most recently a digital conference. However in recent months, like in all industries, everything has changed. I’m going to level with you here… the idea of social distancing never boded well for the events industry. However, this conundrum leads me on to my next positive. 

  1. I get to be more creative; working from home presents problems and challenges that I would not usually face in times of normalcy. This gives Shoo the opportunity to be creative in the way that we tackle these problems. For example, how do you hold an event without anyone leaving their house?  

These past few months have been difficult, as I have said before we are surrounded by negativity. However, this does not mean that we should give into it. Looking for the positives is important and appreciating the positives is important.