Andrew Storrier is the Global Content Strategy Manager at Hexagon PPM. His role is to own and evangelize the company’s content marketing strategy and help various functions operationalize that strategy. Andrew was meant to relocate to Atlanta for the job, but his dreams were another casualty of COVID-19. Now he’s trapped in his Sydney apartment, talking to the walls.
Below, Andrew has given an insight into his working from home routine.
What did you expect when you first started your Work From Home routine? Has there been anything that has surprised you?
I’m accustomed to the work from home routine as Hexagon PPM has fairly flexible working arrangements. However, what’s dramatically changed is the inability to run my woeful jokes past unsuspecting colleagues. Socializing is normally spontaneous; now its something you have to proactively seek.
Have you found that your routine and workflow in your WFH day has changed?
I don’t stick to a nine-to-five schedule (I rarely ever have). Instead I structure my day around meetings and block time for work. I schedule daily incidentals, ongoing projects and ad hoc requirements, and then I parcel them out as I see fit. For example, I could as easily be watching Tiger King at 11 p.m. as I could be taking an overseas meeting or scratching out another PowerPoint. It’s all about what needs to be delivered ASAP and what needs to tick over.
Have these WFH changes affected your role?
It’s put a lot of pieces of the content strategy on hold and required some serious pivoting. What was once a sure deliverable in February or March might now require a whole new effort to get off the ground as the situation develops. Further, without my boots on the ground, some pieces of work are just too cumbersome – particularly when they require strong influence and a change in process.
There can sometimes be distractions when WFH, how do you keep yourself motivated and focused throughout the day?
I don’t. There’s no point in holding a gun to yourself over your work. Life’s short and then you die. Go out and take a walk, watch a YouTube video, or go and wrestle someone for some toilet paper. This is life, you’ve got to be present. We’re adults. If you can’t manage your own time as an adult, then uh, spoiler alert – life gets way harder than managing your time. You’ve got to take responsibility for your output and accountability for what you deliver. Guy Ritchie said, “If you don’t own it, how can you be the boss of it?” And that includes your work.
During your WFH day has there been anything unexpected or out of the ordinary occur?
Aside from the walls closing in tighter around me every day? No, not all.
What have you been enjoying the best/least about WFH?
The thing I enjoy the most is how working from home demonstrates that watching a clock or requiring people to be on-site is an anachronistic throwback to a management style that treats all employees as thieves. While face-to-face has tremendous value, noone can deny that constant supervision is a) big-brother ridiculous and b) what parents do to babies – and Mumma, I ain’t no baby.
The least enjoyable thing is if you’re not careful, work can and will become your life. You need to take breaks, often.
With less of a commute in the morning and evenings, how have you been spending this extra time?
Mainly family, but also reading. Oh, and daydreaming about the day I can go to the pub and throw back a frosty one with the crew and just mercilessly butcher the Queen’s English.
As you have been adapting to your WHF routine, do you have any tips and tricks for others?
Not really, no. Other than, you’re an adult – I trust you’re acting like one. In other words, put pants on for meetings – even if your camera can only see your top half.