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Every year, we survey hundreds of digital marketing agencies to find out what makes them tick. The resulting State of the Agency report helps agencies orient themselves to the bigger picture and discover new resources.
Well, COVID-19 has changed the way we tick, as individuals. And with so many of us in isolation—not to mention in an unprecedented situation—it can be easy at times to feel like you’re in the dark. So we thought we’d conduct a “state of the employee” within our own company in hopes of gleaning practical tips and encouragement around coping with COVID-19—and with such a diverse group of bright minds as the WordStream team, we were not disappointed.
In this more personal COVID-19 survival guide, we’re providing you with pick-me-ups, pandemic coping techniques, positive affirmations, and of course—adorable pet and kid pics—from none other than the WordStream team.
WordStreamers share their challenges, silver linings, and practical tips on life during lockdown.
Many of the challenges were typical of remote work.
Some of the challenges reminded us of how lucky we are to have such a great team that we enjoy being around every day.
And some of the challenges were a bit more unique (but very relatable), like uncooperative coworkers.
We’ve haven’t only switched to working full-time from home, but also to carrying out the rest of our lives full-time at home, making the ever-present pursuit of work/life balance even more challenging:
And of course with gyms and schools closed, keeping up with exercise, health, and learning has become harder:
Although for some of us, indoor exercise has not been a challenge…
Courtesy of the Wordstream #cuteanimals Slack channel
Some of the challenges remind us to be grateful that we have such great teammates, family, and friends to miss.
Although smartphones and Zoom help to alleviate that some of that…
For many of us, the commute was a nice source of “me” time and daily structure, so that has left a bit of a gap.
Having more family time was, by far, the most common response among employees.
Ali Glennon’s cat Phoenix just popping in for a meeting.
Also, while many reported having trouble establishing a routine, there were equally as many who reported the situation giving way to better and healthier routines, and being better able to stick to them. Some other perks include:
And these silver linings were especially nice:
Kristen Yerardi is one of many WordStreamers enjoying the extra family time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This question had the fewest responses, and those who did respond either said “n/a” or something delightfully irrelevant.
So either not many parents filled out this survey because they’re busy handling childcare, or there’s just not much to say about it: You just do it.
Or perhaps your child has become a diligent office assistant …
And Greg Herrmann pointed to the Dave Matthews Band song “When I’m Weary.”
As we had hoped, the responses to questions throughout the survey were loaded with tips and ideas. For example, many WordStreamers had great tips on staying active and breaking up the day.
If walking or cardio isn’t an option for you, yoga is a gentler way to keep your body active while also reducing stress. Our very own Kelley Hwang has been leading virtual yoga classes for fellow Wordstreamers.
Thank you Kelley Hwang for sharing your yoga expertise!
Some WordStreamers had tips for remaining producing while working during the pandemic.
Of course, you can also delegate some of your work, like Mai.
And some final ideas:
Many of use are making use of nature and art, too. Even if you’re not “artistic” or “outdoorsy,” you’d be surprised at how therapeutic they can be when you just go for it. And speaking of nature, we’ll leave you with this …
A beautiful view courtesy of Betsy Sachs’ home office.
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