Responding to the WFH ‘challenge’
“Even though Australia hasn’t been badly affected by COVID-19, we’re still facing challenges. Inter-state restrictions are in place meaning that we can't travel far within the country. When responsible for a region as geographically spread as the Asia Pacific, managing time zones has proved tricky,” explains Josie.
“Add this to the fact that I’m new to the role and the region, having recently made the move from our Sharjah office. This has meant that building relationships has taken more time without the face-to-face, personal element that we’re so used to when meeting new colleagues.”
"When responsible for a region as geographically spread as the Asia Pacific, managing time zones has proved tricky”
Despite this, Josie and her team have demonstrated resilience and commitment to deliver. By taking on additional responsibilities, the team has ensured there are no gaps so that their client delivery is unaffected.
“We’re going to maintain our regular calls going forward,” she continues. “Even after COVID has passed, as they have proved so effective.”
Adjusting to new ways of working
Whilst all of our working environments may have changed, Josie has been keen to maintain a similar routine to the one she had pre-COVID.
“My alarm still goes off at 05:45 every weekday and I now make a point of taking regular breaks to give me some time away from my screen and to stretch my legs.