The Reality of Working from Home: Daily Anecdotes to Ease You Through Quarantine

In an attempt to bring some levity during these trying times, we wanted to share some of the realities Vaco’s Nashville team is experiencing while adjusting to working from home (WFH). We’ll be highlighting one story from our team each day, so check back for daily updates!

Monday, March 23

Chris Spintzyk, Director at Vaco Nashville: “I am still trying to get into a cadence as I am a social animal and I miss being around people. The bad and ugly is when you have a pack of dogs at the house who like to bark for no reason it makes video calls a bit more difficult. So I just have to explain that the pack of wolves that people might hear are my pack and that I am not being attacked out in the wilderness while searching for toilet paper.”

Tuesday, March 24

Kaylee Osland, Partner at Vaco Nashville: “The Vaco Teams calls have been fun and funny! We have been theming our conference calls and I’m loving the costumes (go Brian!) and the people who forget that their camera is on (Presley)! haha 🙂 I have also really appreciated the dedication of Vaco’s leadership to stay in constant contact and communication during this time of unknown.”

Wednesday, March 25

Kyle Allen, Managing Partner at Vaco Nashville: “It’s been interesting working from home while having my kids (Paxton, Caitlin, and Blake) in the house as well. Never a dull moment! One day, I was making lunch for my kids while being on a Microsoft Teams call with Kevin Witt and Kim Wainwright. I ended up burning the pizza which caused the kitchen smoke alarm to go off. So that was a lot of fun!”

Thursday, March 26

Julianna Batson, Director of Business Operations at Vaco Nashville: “Working from home has really helped me embrace video calls! I used to cringe when anyone would want to FaceTime but now I look forward to my daily calls with coworkers – especially when there are wigs or wine involved. The downside of working from home for me is how quiet my little condo is – I didn’t realize how much I would miss the loud and busy setting of the office! I miss seeing everyone in the office but am thankful for Teams that allows us to still connect.”

Friday, March 27

Jay Hageman, Director at Vaco Nashville: “I watched a vlog by Ryan Serhant (Real Estate Sales Broker in NYC) that really struck me. It’s about how he (and his team) is managing through this wild time. Part of the last episode, talks about how everything is going to be okay. He uses the analogy of the swimmer synchronizing their breathing to their movements to maximize speed and cadence in the water. It struck me because we just need to breathe, be intentional on the right habits, and push forward until we get out of this.”

Monday, March 30

Jenna Drury, Associate at Vaco Nashville: “I do not have a work space in my house, and the most professional background for video calls is in my bathroom. You can’t tell over camera, but I am sitting very close to a bathtub.”

Tuesday, March 31

Ashley Wilkinson, Director at Vaco Nashville: “During my lunch hour one day, I had to give my cat a bath… That’s not something I would have ever pictured myself saying prior to COVID-19. There’s never a dull moment working from home.” 

Wednesday, April 1

Lindsey Morgan, Senior Director at Vaco Nashville: “To be honest, I’ve gone a little stir crazy (it started on day one). I’m a sales person, so my typical work day, pre-COVID-19, consisted of being out and about meeting with different clients. Sitting at my table behind a computer at home has definitely been an adjustment. Thankfully, we have so much technology available which allows me to stay connected with my clients virtually while working with them on their hiring needs.”

Thursday, April 2

Liz Schimmer, Marketing Director at Vaco Nashville: “Getting into a normal routine has helped me stay productive. I typically start my day with a workout to get energized for the day, take a shower, and get dressed as if I was going into the office. For video calls, I make sure I’m in an area I feel comfortable. For me, it’s having walls with picture frames and fun memories so I’m not staring at blank walls and neither is the person on the other side of the call. My new co-worker, aka my dog, has become very accustomed to me being home all day and wants to play all the time. I use my breaks to take her on quick walks up the street, which is both good for her and me.”

Friday, April 3

Lynzi Loyd, Director of Staffing Operations at Vaco Nashville: “I’m lucky to get to spend time with my baby boy while working from home. I’ve gained three hours by not commuting every day, been able to see my son achieve milestones (standing up and trying solid foods), and have an even BIGGER appreciation for daycare teachers.”

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