There’s a real ‘back-to-school’ vibe in the air this week. The beginning of September is a turning point as summer ends, schools reopen and our office officially welcomes us back – well some of us at a time, at least.
Over the past 9 weeks, we have worked hard to make sure our office is safe to work in and is in line with current Government health and safety advice to ensure it is COVID-19 safe. Pre-lockdown we had hotdesking and collaboration space for 80 people, now we have 33 bookable desks with social distancing measures in place. We have a one way system, hand sanitisation stations, disposable gloves aplenty and antibacterial wipes throughout the office to keep us squeaky clean. Unfortunately, due to the health and safety rules, our much loved coffee machine has had to be turned off (hello coffee bags) and we’re not welcoming any external visitors for meetings for the moment.
We’re operating a fully flexible working arrangement so each of us chooses where we spend our day according to our home set up and the work we have in hand for the day and week ahead. A desk booking app is in development so that we can be fully flexible and transparent with our colleagues, and that can support a track and trace process should we need it (fingers very much crossed we don’t). Our trained Covid Compliance Team is in place to help with any questions or queries and we have on-site mental health first aiders and 24/7 support available too.
During lockdown the entire agency adapted to the speedy shift to remote working so well and we continue to deliver outstanding work, hold social get togethers, work on pitches, proposals, plans, events, win awards and so much more. It hasn’t been without its considerable challenges but there have been bright spots along the way too. Check out our WFH 160 days video here.
In true 3 Monkeys Zeno style, being able to return to a safe office environment and have the full flexibility to work around our schedule and that of our colleagues feels like the best of all worlds in these very challenging times. The buzz and energy of seeing and working with some of our colleagues IRL is something we cherish and will look forward to each day.
Here’s to the next new chapter of 2020!