May Days in MedCommMay 1, 2020
As we start a new month of working from home, our prayers for those suffering from COVID-19 and gratitude to our health care workers and frontliners treating the ill and seeking a cure for this terrible virus.
May earmarks our second full month in quarantine. As the world cautiously “opens up,” we anticipate warm weather and throwing open our doors at home to sunny new office spaces outside. To stay connected with our team members working diligently from home, we are sharing a series of personal stories highlighting the experiences of AlphaBioCom’s medical communications professionals.
Special thanks to Lauren Hanlon, PhD, Scientific Communications Manager, for offering her perspective as the first of a continuing collection of entries in how we are all “In This Together.”
Lauren describes her “Work from Home” experience as hectic as she attempts to balance her professional life with the ongoing needs of her 2-year-old son. Fortunately, black coffee to the rescue keeps Lauren focused amidst the distractions.
Her “keep a routine, keep positive” efforts begin with daily yoga, sometimes including the acrobatic anomalies of her son. Good way to strengthen your zen, Lauren!!
New Month, New Back Yard Office Awaiting Picnic Table and Umbrella for Working Al Fresco
Using their creative vision, Lauren and her husband carved out a quiet nook on the ground floor near their back door to design a dedicated office. Now that May is here, Lauren is taking her work space al fresco! Reaping the fruits of their labor on the backyard, Lauren’s new at-home office will be on the back deck and in the new picnic area where her son plays. Praise the sunshine!
While working from home, Lauren has struggled with a definitive “end of the work day.” The temptation to take her laptop persists throughout the house. She also misses the social interaction with her teammates and hopes her plant is still alive when she returns to the office. Fortunately, the days of traffic jams on Route 422 are temporarily on hold, but in terms of her agency life, Lauren reminisces of her regular morning conversations with Jenn, the other office “early bird.”