Working from Home with … Sally Bos

Sally Bos is our Executive Director of EMIA Marketing & SDR, at Hexagon’s PPM division. In her role, she is in charge of the marketing strategy for the region, ensuring that the EMIA marketing team is always on point, engaging customers via different digital initiatives, and investigating how we can continuously improve the way we work together. Sally is always on the move between Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and the Hoodddorp, Netherlands office, and many other places in between, so the last few weeks have meant she had had a chance to stop and spend some extra time with the family.  

Below, Sally has given an insight into her working from home routine.

What did you expect when you first started your WFH routine. Has there been anything that has surprised you?
I was used to working from home at least a few days a week when I was not traveling. However, I am definitely not used to working from home for over seven weeks in a row! What has surprised me is how well we have adjusted. We are making the most out of video call meetings, which I really like, and I am still able to see the team daily, even if there are thousands of miles between us. Overall it is pretty similar to before, only just a much longer working from home period, as I have been working from home since the March 8.

Have you noticed that your routine and workflow in your WFH day has changed?
I feel I had a good routine already, and the only difference now is I need to make sure I take some smaller breaks throughout the day more often and try to have fewer long days. Luckily, I have a nice working from home space: a separate office away from the family, all the right equipment, a good office chair – which is an essential and not to be underestimated – a movable desk so I can sit or stand and a pretty view from my window.

Have these WFH changes affected your role?
As being head of marketing & SDR in EMIA, I am responsible for a team that was not all used to WFH. Therefore, my role has changed slightly due to now trying to support and educate the team on WFH, and making sure they are getting the most out of it. Another significant change has been that all our physical events (both internally and externally) have now been canceled. With digital technology integrating into all the different aspects of our lives, ensuring the team is taking advantage of it and connecting with customers in new and different ways has also been a new learning experience for all of us.

There can sometimes be distractions when WFH; how do you keep yourself motivated and focused throughout the day?
Actually, I don’t have any more distractions than usual. I am lucky that I have a good home office space to work where I can easily focus. Plus, my family is used to me working from home when I’m not away traveling, and they support me by giving me the space I need to work and focus.

During your WFH day has there been anything unexpected or out of the ordinary occur?
Nothing unexpected or outwith the ordinary, but my home office space does have a lovely view of trees and birds from through the window in Dubai. I often open the window during the day, and the birds decide they want to join in my calls, which can take those in the internal meetings a little by surprise! It’s a lovely sound and something you don’t always hear when you’re working.

What have you been enjoying the best/least about WFH?
WFH has enabled me to have extra time with the family, which I have been really enjoying. It has given us a chance to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner together as a family, which has been really nice as it’s something which we don’t always get to do.

With less of a commute in the morning and evenings, how have you been spending this extra time?
I have been spending the extra time with my family, cooking, doing cardio workouts, yoga, meditation, and studying, so I am keeping myself busy, busy, busy. I have also just finished an online course at Stanford University for Nutrition Science, and I am now keeping myself occupied with a few more courses from the Nutrition & Fitness Academy. The learning never ends! These courses will help me to support and coach my team and colleagues at Hexagon and to work towards my long-term goal of becoming a life coach.

As you have been adapting to your WFH routine, do you have any tips and tricks for others?
Here’s a round-up of what’s most important in my WFH work day:

  • Have a designated working area
  • Try to keep a regular routine
  • Always eat lunch and try to take regular breaks
  • Have more one-to-one meetings (especially with your close team members)
  • Have a remote buddy to keep in touch with, so it’s not always just about work
  • Collaborate and communicate more frequently
  • Be honest about your procrastination (eat the frog first)
  • Take care of your body as it takes care of your mind
  • Never Miss an Update