So we are coming to the end of week 6 of lockdown and it feels like forever. I never thought I’d say this but I miss my daily commute to London on the train with my fellow passengers all in our own little worlds. I wonder when all this is over if that will change… hopefully conversations will start with these people we see every day and normally just nod and smile but maybe we will have learnt during this period of staying at home that it’s good to talk.
I like to talk and although I have been unable to converse in person with my work colleagues, family and friends having the wonderful technology available to us means I have been able to… what would we do without video-conferencing!! Not good though when someone books a VC at the last minute and I haven’t done my hair or makeup!! But all this has given us a new sense of camaraderie, we are all affected in the same way and we are in this together.
Even though I am lucky enough to still be working and able to easily from home, I am also using this time to reflect and to think about when we get through this how different our lives might be; we will likely need to change the way we have been used to doing things and adapt. So I see this time as a real opportunity for creativity and exploration. My inspiration is coming from the lovely Spring time weather, to see everything bursting into life and the birds singing their joyful songs, it signifies new beginnings. I am fortunate to live in a rural area and have a garden (which I don’t usually see much of) but it is helping me to consider being kinder to myself and to be thankful I have good health which at this time we all need to be grateful for.
If I was told I could take one thing back to the office when we are allowed back it would be this… to take my garden with me and re-create that “Spring feeling”, to provide a positive and stimulating environment which will make us all smile and adapt to new beginnings…
Our success is down to the hard work of everyone within our team, to our loyal suppliers, our hard working sub-contractors as well as to all of our incredible clients over the years. We couldn’t let today go without showing our appreciation!
We greatly value you all… and thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way!
Today at SPACE we’re all thinking carefully about the impact we have on the planet. We’re encouraging everyone to do the simple things like; turning off the lights and other electrical equipment when not in use… recycling, reducing and reusing everything we can, and to always be aware of our negative impact on the planet 🌍💚
With the recent pandemic, lots of us have been fortunate enough to work from home. Whilst working from home may be seen as a bit of a luxury, I can’t tell you what I would give to be back in the office! Working from home has made me appreciate the space I work in and it has made me realise how much I took advantage of having routine in my life. I do miss our ‘South Office’ but I’m deciding to take away the positives of this experience and being thankful of what I have learnt; time management, structure, self-motivation and having the ability to switch off – which is a skill on its own as I am living and working in the same space.
My top tips to make working from home a success!
Keep to your usual working hours, this wont throw your body clock off when you go back to work
EXERCISE, not only for the physical benefits… it really helps clear your mind!
Continue to schedule breaks in – this will break up the day and will keep things as normal as possible for you.
Still get up, shower, brush your teeth, get dressed – this will automatically make you feel more productive and ready for the day!
Frankie, Contracts Administrator for SPACE and SCAPE
I’m currently working on a project in the capital for a client whose offices are considered of Government importance so we’re carrying our work for them in these very different times…
When I was asked to
continue so we could get this project completed I thought I was missing out –
the majority of my colleagues were told to work from home but within days, the
majority started to struggle. I’ve come to realise that what I love most about
my job is the hustle and bustle of site, the contractors, the different
locations and the constantly different situations I find myself in every single
day. It’s made me appreciate my job and the working environment it provides.
At the moment the difference we’re feeling isn’t on site; as we’re business as usual; albeit with extra levels of protection and control measures that we’re all taking to protect ourselves and each other, it’s outside – walking outside at the end of the day is when the reality hits you and you realise how serious this issue is, Central London is a ghost town and it is the most bizarre feeling ever.
I don’t think I
will ever take my job for granted again!
A few weeks in and are you, like me longing for a comfortable office chair and a small slither of space to call your own? Most of us are currently in a strange limbo of remote working; perching on the edge of our kitchen tables whilst our kids eat their cornflakes and whine about the lack of WIFI in the house! The pressure, on what can only be called a rudimental internet link coming into our house, has never seen so much demand…telephone conferences, video conferences and three children all vying for its magical powers whilst home learning (and playing Fortnite!) has been a test in itself! Thankfully it’s proved it’s actually up to the task in the most!
I should set the scene a little further at this point, and explain that I’m actually one of three Execs running two business’ from said kitchen table. My husband, Steve (another of the three within our Exec team) is currently sitting opposite me – our kitchen table has never been so well used or indeed, overloaded with paperwork, cables and an array of other office paraphernalia.
Regardless of all the current chaos, we’re starting to get into the swing of things – often leading a merry dance; with our laptops and phones in hand, from one room to another to gain that much desired peace and quiet so we can concentrate on those all important conference calls we’re booked on to hour after hour.
It’s intriguing and encouraging to see just how well our family has so quickly adjusted to working side-by-side on their individual tasks. I’m actually proud to say that after week one we’ve all survived in tact and without argument! Who knew!? I suspect it’s been made easier as we’ve been rigid about routine and taking regular breaks throughout the day – 10 minutes of bouncing on our trampoline is quite literally keeping us all buoyant!
Our fondness for home-working after week one is slightly waning as the need for connection with our friends and colleagues is growing by the day. It’s certainly not what any of us would have chosen but there’s a lot to be said about embracing new challenges head on and taking what we can from new experiences.
At the time of writing I’m certainly not against full-time home-working (ask me again in a few weeks!) but I am looking forward once again to a world where we’re free to connect with others on a face-to-face basis and where our homes are for home-life and our office workspace are for just that.
Sarah O’Callaghan, Founder and Executive of SPACE and SCAPE
At Space we’ve designed hundreds of imaginative workspaces over the years – all with their own unique identities. However the one thing they’ve all had in common is an array of fit-for-purpose areas throughout the space. Hives, havens, coves are all words that conjure up the idea of comfortable spaces within an office. Whilst we may not be in a fortunate position to utilise these at the moment, we can endeavour to identify specific rooms within our own homes and gardens that are comfortable for each task we undertake. Try to identify a space where it’s quiet to make calls, a room with a table or desk space for writing documentation and don’t forget a space for taking a break too – our wellbeing has never been as important! Take regular breaks and don’t forget to speak to your colleagues – video conferencing offers a great way of communicating with others within your organisation and allows us to see that people are still out there making us feel less isolated.
Our strapline has always been and will remain ‘Love Your Workspace’ and at SPACE we’re all looking forward to a world where we can physically integrate once more – if you’re feeling the same and are thinking about your future workspace and how you want it to work for you then why don’t you get in touch? We’re here to offer free advice with no obligation.
‘Business as usual’ well not
quite. None of our lives right now are what can be considered
normal. For many of us this COVID-19 pandemic has pressed pause on life as
we knew it and has made us approach things in different ways.
Here at SPACE , the majority of us are working remotely. As creators of both motivating and inspiring professional spaces it’s somewhat out of the ordinary for us not to be working from the comfort of our own workspaces, but instead working from the comfort of our own homes. However, great technology connects us all daily and the sense of collaboration and positivity amongst our staff, our clients and our sub-contractors has been truly uplifting.
We all have a shared desire for
this tangible isolation to end and for our lives to return to normal. Our
workspaces await us, they want to be filled with our teams and our teams need
to get back to all of the things that make our offices great spaces to work in.
Whilst we are all working remotely
it’s a good opportunity to take stock and evaluate what our future workspaces
will look like – let’s make them better places to be.
Please reach out to us, and tap into our knowledge and experience to help shape your thoughts. We’re happy to offer free advice and discuss any aspects of your office design with you – there’s no catch and no obligation it’s just a great opportunity for us all to stay socially connected and use our time proactively.