Elizabeth’s POV: A hybrid schedule provides needed balance
Elizabeth Terry, Client Services Senior Specialist
During the nearly four years I’ve been with Lowe Group, I’ve experienced a variety of work schedules. From starting out in the office, to going fully remote during the start of the pandemic, to now working a hybrid schedule, I’ve found that spending half the week at home and the other in the office works well for my work style.
The first half is usually the busier part of the week, and I generally need to be focused to get through my to do list. For me, focus comes with quiet and as little distraction as possible. By working from home, I’m able to turn on my lyric-free classical music Spotify playlist and my “do not disturb” Teams notification and crank out a few hours of uninterrupted work each day. If I have a meeting-heavy day and I know I won’t have long stretches of consecutive work time, I like to get my big tasks done first thing in the morning before calls and emails start. When I don’t need to get dressed and commute into the office, it gives me an extra hour in the morning to work on projects before a busy day kicks off.
Of course, I like to see my coworkers in person and working and living in one place can make me feel stir crazy on occasion. Going into the office later in the week gives me the balance I need to feel connected with colleagues and break up the monotony of sitting at my kitchen table for too long. Plus, if I still need to tap into the quiet of WFH to concentrate on a project, our office has a few private rooms to use.
Ella’s POV: Working fully in person is key for new grads
Ella Lawrence, Client Services Associate
I graduated college in May 2022 and started working full-time at Lowe Group in June 2022, and I go into the office every day. Most of my peers either work fully virtually or have a hybrid schedule, so, when I began my fully in-person routine, I didn’t know how I was going to adapt. After being in college during the pandemic, I was used to virtual and asynchronous classes. Working in-person each day would be a change!
I am now a year into my career, and I can confidently credit my growth and new knowledge to working in the office. Each day I am surrounded by my co-workers who have vastly more experience than me. I overhear them on calls, can quickly pop into their office for a question or chat and have learned proper office etiquette. Being surrounded by financial public relations and marketing all day, my vocabulary and knowledge about the industry has grown twice as much as it would have if I worked from home. I am part of the conversations that happen in the office, involved with day-to-day planning and have better relationships with my colleagues.
I also see the benefits of working in person reflected in my personal life. Working in the office allows me to have a healthy balance between my work life and my personal life. When I am in the office, my mind is zeroed in on work and when I am at home, I am thinking about life outside of work. On occasion, I work from home if I am traveling or under the weather. I don’t mind it from time to time, but I do find it hard to wrap my day up from my house. I feel like I never actually log off and begin my life outside of work. All in all, I like work to be at work and home to be at home, but I am grateful to have the work from home option when necessary.
Building camaraderie with diverse work styles
Lowe Group values a sense of community and working closely as an organization. With our handful of remote employees, we have found ways to achieve that sense of community by being in close contact with our team each day. We utilize Microsoft Teams for both chat and video calls and know we are only a quick phone call away from each other. We also make sure to meet frequently as a team for virtual work sessions and group “lunch & learn” events. Lastly, we gather in person for a team retreat each year and are sure to take time to celebrate our accomplishments and build common experiences.
We believe that every employee works differently and thrives in different environments. A business that trusts that its employees have the company’s best interests at heart and learns to accommodate various work styles is more likely to be successful.