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The glue that sticks the Ryan's team together - working from home with Nicci Dedman-Munro

Mon 4th May 20

Nicci can often be referred to as the glue that sticks the Ryan's team together and during lockdown this has never been more true. As HR Manager she's keeping a check on everyone's well being with her weekly emails to staff working from home. And her I.T skills and dedication had every member of the Ryan's team working from home within the first two weeks.

Thank you Nicci, we know it's been a stressful few weeks, your efforts are very much appreciated.

Here's how Nicci is finding working from home...

Where is your new office? Kitchen, spare room?

Dining room.

What are your tips for staying motivated and on top of work during lockdown?

Smile, keep positive and keep talking to your family, friends and colleagues, take regular breaks.

What has been the biggest challenge since working from home?

Staff’s Wi-Fi signals, this causes drop outs but there is nothing I can do to help them. It’s just so many people in the UK logging on at home!! I also miss having my printer.

The wifi may have dropped out but Nicci's still smiling!
The wifi may have dropped out but Nicci's still smiling!

Have any positives come out of working in lockdown?

Spending more time with your immediate family, weekends and meal times we are all together.

What do you miss most about the office/colleagues?

Personally I think lock down has proven that working from home is good in the short term but not in the long term.

A lot of people have realised that working from home is not as good as they thought it would be. I think we all need interaction with others, if you live alone then work can sometimes be your escape and without it you may feel isolated. Yes you can talk on the phone but it is not the same as a face to face chat.

I think having a purpose and the need to get up and go into the office is a good thing. I think that after the lockdown staff may work from home occasionally but I don’t think it's a good idea for it be to be permanent.

How are you utilising your permitted daily exercise?

We are either going out for a run or exercising with Joe Wicks.