Working from home with … David Whittle, Middlewich, United Kingdom

David Whittle, a senior industry consultant for Hexagon’s PPM division, has been working from home as usual for the past months, while others are adjusting to this new routine and surroundings. In his role, David uses his 30+ years of industry experience and knowledge to support customer’s digitalization journeys with marine and fabrication solutions.

Based out of his home office in Middlewich, Cheshire, the United Kingdom, David provides details of his WFH routine, which he has perfected over time.

What did you expect when you first started your WFH routine?
For me, the WFH routine is my prior, current and future routine. I have been WFH for the last 13 years, so I knew exactly what to do and what to expect.

Have you found your routine and workflow in your WFH day has changed?
Initially, after the lockdown was implemented, it was very much business as usual. However, as the period continued from weeks into months of lockdown (obviously varying across EMIA and the world), things have become quieter as the effects on customers and businesses vary as they adapt to WFH, too.

Have these WFH changes affected your role?
A big part of my role is face-to-face interaction and meetings with customers and the team. This is not possible currently, so I have been busy taking part in virtual meetings to ensure the ball keeps rolling on projects and using my experience to guide customers through their digital transformation journeys.

Touching base with the team is also key to ensure they are getting the most from WFH and ensuring they are supported. WFH has been my routine for a long time, so there have been very little changes, but I know for others this is a new routine. It can take time to balance and settle into, especially when everyone is at home with you, too!

There can sometimes be distractions when WFH; how do you keep yourself motivated and focused throughout the day?
Having a fixed routine is essential. I start the day around 8-8:30 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. I have a 20-minute lunch break, too. Before lockdown, I would usually have a longer lunch and take the time to take a short walk, but this isn’t really possible at the moment.

What have you been enjoying the best/least about WFH?
WFH has always meant I can really focus on tasks, with minimal interruptions happening, which is great! Currently, the pace has slowed work-wise, which has been a change, but I’m sure things will pick up soon.

With less of a commute in the morning and evenings, how have you been spending this extra time?
For me, the WFH routine is my usual, so there haven’t been any differences there.

As you have been adapting to your WHF routine, do you have any tips and tricks for others?
Due do my experience is in the WFH department, I have got it down to a fine art, so below are my two key points:

(1) It is really important to try and keep in touch with your colleagues as much as possible, so you stay in the loop and on the ball. This means you know which customers they are speaking, where they are with them, and what’s happening so you can support them.
(2) Take short breaks often so that you keep moving and you’re not sitting in the same position all day … even if it’s just to the kitchen for a coffee!

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