How AYKO is Working From Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of change for everybody across the globe due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and it’s incredible to see how businesses and communities have come together to keep things running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Here at AYKO the health and safety of our employees is a huge priority, and inline with the government’s guidelines to work from home where possible, the entire AYKO team have taken to their living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms to create suitable working setups to continue their hard work from the safety of their homes. 

With our team now fully remote across the globe, we’ve found that the key amongst everything is communication. Keeping in touch with each other, even those you may not interact with on a daily basis is essential to keeping the morale and motivation of the agency alive. Here are a few of the things AYKO have been doing in order to maintain that strong team spirit: 

  • Daily team stand-ups via Zoom
  • A virtual version of the office breakout area on Slack
  • Introduction of the AYKO Arms; a virtual pub where employees can meet after work on a Friday for drinks via Zoom
  • Monthly agency huddle to update everyone on the goings on within AYKO

In addition, we’ve tried to keep all of our regular team meetings going, even if it means using Zoom.

AYKO Monthly Huddle

For many people, including the majority of the AYKO team, working from home is completely new and can sometimes be a challenge. It’s important to try and maintain a good routine in order to stay focused, motivated and positive and we’ve gathered some of our key tips on how you can win at working from home. 

  • Stick to a routine – wake up early as you would if you were travelling to the office. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and make sure you get dressed. Make yourself some breakfast, grab a coffee and prepare for  your working day to begin
  • Turn on the video during calls. Even if it’s with a fellow colleague on your lunch hour, having that facetime can really help to keep you feeling positive and social
  • Listen to some relaxing music to help you focus and to drain out any distracting sounds from in and around the house 
  • Stay healthy! Try to maintain your healthy lifestyle by drinking plenty of water and eating food that makes you feel good inside and out
  • Take regular breaks to stand up, take your eyes off your screen and stretch out. We’ve found that Perkbox’s partnership with BOXX has been extremely useful during this time!
A few AYKO home setups!

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, but together we can keep ourselves and everyone around us safe by staying home and doing our bit. 

If you’d like a copy of our internal AYKO employees guide to help make working from home as productive, effective, innovative and collaborative as possible, get in touch with us at [email protected] today!

Friday night  fun at the AYKO Arms!

We hope you and your families are all safe and well, 

Team AYKO 

Author

Charlotte Midgley