Our Work From Anywhere Policy & How it Benefits Our Team
As we start to plan our transition out of a COVID world, we’ve taken a hard look at some of our policies and practices we want to keep.
Before COVID, we always had a hybrid working model where employees would come into the office 2-3 days a week and work from home the other days. So when COVID hit, it wasn’t a massive transition to working remotely. We already knew how to work from home, support clients remotely and deliver the same great results. You could say we took to it like a duck takes to water.
Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we’ve started to plan the future of Copy House and have come to realise some of the benefits remote working provides.
Freedom to Explore
Exploration has always been a big part of what makes us Copy House. Our team comes from a wide range of backgrounds and almost everyone has connections to other countries. Whether it’s our MD with her American roots, an account manager who’s half Polish half South African or our copywriter whose partner lives in Florida, most of us have families and lives outside the UK.
We not only have connections elsewhere, but most of us love travelling and exploring new cultures, places and ways of thinking. Our ability to understand others’ viewpoints, endless curiosity and thirst for knowledge drives takes us to some exciting places both within and outside work.
We encourage our team to continue exploring by supporting them to work from any location and using an out-put based management method so they can work where and when suits them. The golden rule, deliver quality work before the deadline and the rest is up to you.
How Our Team Has Benefited
Kathryn Strachan, Managing Director & Owner
“I’m originally from the States and have a small daughter. She needs time with her grandparents, so we often go back and forth between the States and the UK. I also really love travelling and spend a lot of time exploring new places. Despite restrictions, I’ve managed to travel to Iceland, Turkey, and Ecuador this year.”
Kuba Dziewiecki, Account Manager
“Having grown up in South Africa, our work from anywhere policy offers me flexibility to go back and see my friends and family and get to stay in the country for more than just a few days at a time. Working remotely opens the possibilities to structure my work life balance around what I value and need throughout the year.”
Steven Smith, Project Manager
“Remote work if done right can help maintain a healthy work/life balance. It has benefited me by allowing the freedom to travel to my partner’s home out of Edinburgh and stay a couple days to work and enjoy quality time with my partner. Keeping up with regular exercise at the gym is already hard enough but whilst being able to use their onsite facilities to enjoy a coffee and do some work at the same time. It has made it much more accessible to workout at times more suitable to me. Generally having the opportunity to work from different locations has helped to keep me refreshed and having easy to use communication channels with the team, I never feel disconnected.”
Stuart Cameron, Senior Technology Copywriter
“My partner is from the US and lives there full-time, which means I travel between Scotland and Florida for extended periods of time throughout the year. No matter the time difference, Copy House’s Work From Anywhere policy means that everyone on the team communicates, collaborates, and works remotely. As long as I’m in a place that has good WiFi and somewhere to plug in my laptop, I’m good to go.”
Jessica Persson, Copywriter
“My parents live in Portugal so I used to only see them a couple times per year. Copy House’s Work From Anywhere policy allows me to spend much more time with them since I can visit for several weeks and still work. Especially during the pandemic, this quality time with them has been invaluable!
Our Work From Anywhere Policy
Under our work from anywhere policy, employees can take their work with them when they travel. While everyone still gets their paid leave, this allows them to spend longer outside the UK and achieve a good work-life balance.
We keep to a UK-time zone model as our clients are in the UK or Europe. So regardless of where we go, we still have meetings during regular working hours. Non-client facing work, like content creation, can be done any time before the deadline. So, there may be some early morning calls for people depending on location, but most work can be done at a time that suits.
We don’t cap the amount of time employees can spend outside the UK, but instead, ask that they attend our twice-annual Copy House conference. We spend a full day twice a year working on the business as a team. It’s essential face-to-face time and a good opportunity to step back from the day-to-day routine to reflect on our driving purpose.
Our policy has allowed us to work towards our overarching business goal of “happy team, happy clients.”