The people of Design Collaborative (“DC”) are an incredibly resilient, cohesive, collaborative group dedicated to the mission of improving worlds and creating people-first places. Every day, we are discovering, connecting, and thriving in our new temporary environments, learning and growing with each other. We asked our DC employees to share with us some pros and cons of their remote work settings, and some lessons they’ve learned right off the bat!
There are many positive elements about working from home, but two of the most popular ones seem to be the lack of commute and being with family. Of course, less of a commute means more family time (or more sleep time!). The DC team also shared that there is ample quiet focus time.
What are some of the challenges of being away from the office? Stir-crazy kids, uncomfortable workspaces, excited pets…but the most-missed element of working in the office is, overwhelmingly, the people. Everyone misses their co-workers, and the conversations they have with them on a daily basis. The great thing about technology is that we still get to connect quite frequently via tools such as Microsoft Teams. Still, we will all be glad when we are able to go back and see each other in person again.
Trying new things can be tricky, and sometimes we learn through making mistakes! Here are some lessons about working from home that the Design Collaborative team has learned:
Jeremiah Hatfield, Registered Architect
“DC culture is STRONG. Despite all of this, DC’s genuinely cohesive and entertaining culture prevails.”
Jessica Rossow, Graduate Interior Designer
Kelsey Rowe, Electrical Engineer
Rebecca Welch, Director of Human Resources
“It’s really helping me prioritize my tasks. Seems to work best when I can tackle one thing at a time in chunks.”
Pat Steffen, Registered Architect
“I need to get up and take breaks! Since there aren’t any coworkers here to interrupt me (except Chip), I tend to sit for far too long. I’m trying to be more conscious of getting up and walking around every hour.”
Gaby Moynahan, Electrical Engineer
Phillip Oprie, Electrical Engineer
“Good communication becomes even more essential when you’re not sitting in the same room as your teammates.”
Kyle Wilson, Project Manager
Mandy Samudio, Project Secretary
Thad Burkes, Chief Estimator
Lori Duesler, Project Administrator
Tim Terman, Registered Architect
“Remote meetings aren’t that bad when done correctly and sometimes might be more efficient than in person.”
Bill Ledger, Director of Healthcare Design
“That an organization and culture that’s strong and stable can still survive outside of a specific workplace. The pastor of our church likes to remind the congregation that the church is not a ‘building.’ It is a group of like-minded people with a common purpose. That is what we have at DC and what makes our team so special!”