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Working From Home vs Returning to Office

6 min read
October 23, 2020

This year has taken “business as usual” and flipped it on its head. While frontline workers became our nation’s newest heroes, people across a variety of industries discovered what it’s like to work from home. At The Martin Group, our staff has had the choice to remain working remotely since the ban was lifted. We understand that, right now, whatever works best for each individual associate is up to them. Recognizing each of our team members’ uniqueness has shown us that throughout hardships, a connected team (whether remote or in-office) will prevail.

We asked a handful of our staff how they feel about WFH and heading back into the office. Here’s what they have to say.

Kira Csakany, creative supervisor

Working remote or back in the office?

A little bit of both worlds.

Why?

After a cooped-up summer, it is nice to have the choice to either work in the office or at home. Driving into the city a couple of times a week and seeing the occasional co-worker lends a sense of normalcy and makes working from home enjoyable again, too.

What have you learned about yourself through this experience? 

I have noticed how much the workplace and the environment contributes to the way you feel about work. While I don’t mind working from home a few days a week, I also really like going into the office. I definitely miss collaborating with people face-to-face.

Cameron Bailey, public relations and content specialist

Working remote or back in the office?

I’m still working from home. 

Why?

I’m an anti-social introvert who loves working from home. It’s also a fairly long commute for me, so I spend less time driving (and more time in mornings to sleep). 

What have you learned about yourself through this experience? 

I can spend a disgustingly (and probably unhealthy) amount of time alone and not be phased. I’m basically the stoop kid of the indoors. Hopefully, someone gets the reference. 

Pat Sandora-Nastyn, senior account manager

Working remote or back in the office?

Currently working remotely from New York City.

Why?

I have worked remotely a few times in my professional life, and I find the adjustment fairly easily. Since finding out TMG would be extending remote working, I took the opportunity for a complete change of venue and have relocated to NYC for a month. For me, it was a chance to return to a place I used to live while keeping my point of view fresh.

What have you learned about yourself through this experience? 

I’ve learned both my colleagues and my clients are staying very nimble and embracing new technologies or methodologies for working remotely. I’ve also learned the secret to my productivity at home is to still put on shoes, even if I’m not leaving the house.

Dion Pender, executive creative and managing director, Rochester

Working remote or back in the office? 

Both. 

Why?

Most days I am working from home, but a day or two a week, I work in the office. Some days are meeting heavy (Zoom or Teams), so I will go into the office where I know dogs are not barking in the background. I also grab the mail and take care of issues that can only be done on-site. Working at home is great, but mentally, being in the office is good for my soul.

What have you learned about yourself through this experience? 

I’ve learned that I’ve hired really good people. I thank God for them daily! Culture cannot be manufactured. Culture is a product of the people you hire. And our culture is helping us through these difficult times.

Amanda Clark, account supervisor

Working remote or back in the office?

I’m working remotely from Austin, Texas! 

Why?

I moved to Austin in September after spending several months WFH (like everyone else). I’d been wanting to make a move for a while and all signs pointed to Austin! Thankfully, The Martin Group approved my relocation, for which I’m very grateful! I’ll be visiting home (Buffalo) often and will definitely be swinging by the office whenever I’m in town. 

What have you learned about yourself through this experience? 

I’ve learned that it’s important to frequently pause and reflect on the path you’re on. If you’re not aligned with what makes you happy and excites you, it’s time to make a move. Literally, in my case! It’s never too late to shake things up and push past your comfort zone.


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