We’re all living a different life right now. Love it or loathe it, we’re great believers in making the most of what we’ve got and we can all learn from one another. We love acquiring new skills or life hacks and there are plenty doing the rounds at the moment. We thought we’d catch up with Spring’s founder Stephanie to find out how working from home’s working out …
So, Stephanie, have you ever worked from home before?
“Yup, right in the early days. I was so excited the first time. I literally rolled out of bed, had breakfast and set to work in my pyjamas. That lasted until about 11am. I was unproductive, distracted and uncomfortable. I never worked in my Pjs again.”
Ahhh, so you’re one of those, shaved legs, make up and fancy clothes even though you don’t see anyone all day?
“Well not quite. Although come to think about it I do have make-up on. Well, you never know do you, you might need to jump on a call. Yes, I guess I’m one of those.”
What are you finding to be the most delightful thing about working from home?
“Definitely the early morning run which I don’t get time to do when I go to the office but to counter that, I also like the unlimited treats in the treat cupboard that my son has amassed. I’m eating way too much chocolate.”
But that’s okay because I’m guessing there’s no cake Friday anymore. How’s the work going?
“No. No cake Friday. I’m missing Mel’s Brownies. Work is going great guns actually. We have had a couple of clients put their work with us on hold but the vast majority are still as energetic as ever. We’re in daily contact with the media and our press cuttings are tumbling in. Mainly because of our hard work but boosted by someone leaving a Hydro Flask on the set of Little Women and coverage of that has gone a bit mad!”
Oh that was a big mistake – not for Hydro Flask of course – you ever left something behind by mistake?
“I’m ashamed to say I have. £5,000. I left it on a Boots counter in central London in an unmarked brown envelope when I was about 21. I was always getting cash out for the travelling oil tycoons I worked for and had diverted to Boots for a sandwich. I didn’t notice I was missing something until I started to tuck in back at the office! Thankfully it was still sitting there when I went back for it. Phew!”
Probably better that you’re in lockdown then, you must save thousands! So any advice for other bosses working from home?
“I would recommend Slack which has kept our team in touch with one another. Quicker than an email and a constant companion, it’s great for finding a quick answer to a question or discovering what’s making the team tick that day. We also have regular, timed face-to-face meetings once a week to keep us on track. They are substantial and it means that everyone knows what the other is doing. It’s hugely helpful. Oh and I do a Friday round-up which highlights cool wins, updates on projects – like our new website – and some nice messages or testimonials that I’ve received during the week. Always good to share the love and I’m finding there’s quite a lot of that floating around right now.”