April 10, 2020

Looking to the Positives of Working from Home

With the recent pandemic of COVID-19, our team here at OPG has moved to full-time work from home schedules. This work from home setup is now the norm for many other teams across the country. While working from home presents a lot of difficulties, there are also a lot of perks that come with the ability to get your job done in the same place that you live.

The Perks of Working from Home

The reality of working from home is that you’re still doing just that, working. While you still have a job to do, there are many positives that come with your new working arrangement. Here are some of the best things that our team discovered while working from home over the last few weeks.

Cooking

Jenn’s BBQ Pork Belly And Polenta w/ Brussels Sprouts, baby red onions, and candied kumquats
Shane’s Ribeye Steak

Our list of the perks of working from home starts in the heart of the home, the kitchen. When the team here at OPG was asked about the good things that have come from our recent switch to a full-time WFH schedule, the resounding answer from most was the ability to cook.

Our CRO, Shane has long been known to smoke up some tasty cuts and he’s definitely used the extra time he’s had at home to do just that. Brisket, pulled pork, and this ribeye are just a few of things he’s been smoking up as of late.

COO Jenn has also been busy in the kitchen as of late, putting together delectable morsels like the BBQ pork belly and polenta pictured above.

If anything, these pictures demonstrate that being stuck inside doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the quality of your meals. Even if you aren’t a gourmet chef, staying home and cooking for yourself also means that you’re saving some money by not eating out. If you really want to try something new in the kitchen, maybe consider a meal kit program such as Freshly or Blue Apron.

Flexibility

One of the most talked-about benefits of a work from the home schedule is the amount of flexibility it affords you. Your work hours, your breaks, and even your environment are completely customizable to your liking. 

You earn a lot more flexibility when working from home. This is the time to take advantage of the fact that you don’t need to be chained to your desk. Account manager Tyler for example, may not be able to catch some waves right now, but at least he can sit out on his porch and soak up some rays while he works.

Quarantining at home can easily make you stir crazy, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that you’ve got the freedom to adjust things as you need.

Extra Hours

Painting of Muir Woods by Pymms

Working from home means subtracting a commute and adding extra hours to your day. With that extra time, some members of our team have made the decision to focus on hobbies that they may not have time for normally. 

Account specialist Pymms, for example, has taken the extra hours in her day to spend more time centering herself. Yoga and painting have become more regular parts of her day again.

Other members of our account team have also started to branch out a bit. Account specialist Devin has taken to Duolingo to brush up on his Spanish (and High Valaryian). Account manager Oliver and his wife have started their own little garden to keep them busy and provide fresh produce for meals. Whatever your work from home situation, now is as good a time as ever to try something new with the extra time that you have. 

Making the Best of Things

As we enter into the second quarter of 2020, we’re face with the reality that the world we live in is vastly different than what we were expecting. Just a few weeks ago, things seemed “normal” and now there’s far more uncertainty for everyone. While it isn’t ideal, there’s always a way to make the best of a bad situation. We hope this helped show you some of the perks that come with working from home. If you need some tips to work more efficiently, be sure to check out our last blog.