Some of you may be used to working from home already but
it’s very likely that the current situation will mean many more of us will be
doing this from now on for some weeks.
If you’re used to working with a team in an office, working on
your own at home can be a culture shock. It’s important to keep communicating
with your colleagues and manager to ensure you feel engaged and motivated. Here
are a few ideas and tips to help…
Checklist for companies / managers
Think about what equipment, software, access and
logins your team may need to do their work remotely
Do a quick check on laptops, chargers, headsets,
webcams etc to make sure they’re in working order before giving out
Ask your team to share their home/mobile contact
numbers and circulate this list
Check your office can forward calls to another
number and ideally turn the function off outside of work hours. Can people log
in to check voicemails if left?
If people don’t have an unlimited phone package
agree to cover expenses for usage
Keep a record of important stakeholder /
supplier contacts and share with your team
Get everyone to access / download a video
conference app like Zoom so you can have video meetings with each other and
Decide on an instant messenger eg Skype /
LinkedIn etc so your team can communicate amongst themselves without clogging
Agree guidelines on checking in to confirm
you’re well and able to work that day / when plan on taking lunch / arrange
cover for time off
For when working you’re at home
You’ll want to be as effective as possible, so
make sure you have a clear workspace with suitable work surface and chair
Think about structuring your day – you might be
able to start and finish earlier if not commuting
Try not to get distracted with household chores,
factor in some break times and if possible take a proper break outside at
lunchtime and get some fresh air, go for a walk etc
Communicate with your team on your movements and
any successes / useful tips that have worked well for you
At the end of the day, make your to-do list for
tomorrow and pack up the desk so you have clear free time separate from your
It is only a week to go until the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019,
so we’ve put together a collection of top tips and things to do and see while
you’re there! These suggestions are aimed at anyone attending, whether you’re
coming as a student, publishing professional, job-seeker or just trying to
increase your knowledge of the publishing and media industry. Even if you’re an
annual attendee at the event, we’ve got some ideas for you!
Here are some of our top tips:
Plan your time in advance: there will be many conferences and events throughout the day so it is important that you check the schedule in order to see what events might interest and benefit you the most. It is a huge venue with plenty going on, so by planning your time well, you’ll be able to get the most out of the fair! Do also use the hall plan to avoid getting lost!
You will be meeting clients and important contacts, so you do want to be smart and ladies might be tempted to wear heels, but trust me, you will most definitely regret this decision. The Frankfurt exhibition centre is huge and the book fair is spread across several halls, so you will for sure be on your feet all day. Wear flat shoes or shoes that are comfortable. Of course dress code varies but you can never go wrong with business casual, a pair of flat clean shoes or boots will keep you comfy throughout the day!
Considering it’s an all-day event and you might well be using your phone to contact colleagues, show clients clips and perhaps be taking plenty of photos and videos yourself, bring a portable phone charger! Download the Frankfurter Buchmesse App for a convenient guide around the fair as well as a timetable of the event. Do take pictures of impressive stands you like as a reminder to yourself, but most definitely share them on social media too!
As this is the biggest international event of the year for the publishing industry, there’ll be a lot of people and food stalls and stands will have queues! So remember to carry a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated! Bring a snack if you’re super organised. It’s very easy to get hot and dehydrated in big events, to avoid the long queues and high prices at the cafes!
Lastly, although you are out in Frankfurt for the Book Fair, it’s also
important to plan some chill-out time,
so that you don’t get overwhelmed! Walking around all day or keeping a
constantly cheerful face on for your back to back meetings is exhausting. Frankfurt
is a beautiful city in the centre of Germany and there is plenty to see and do
to escape for a little while! Take some time before arriving to see what there
is around and see if there is an alternative venue that you can escape to to,
whether that be cultural things to do and see or places to eat and drink in
peace! This is a tough event for anyone prone to anxiety in crowds, so be prepared
and look out for friends and colleagues who might be struggling a bit.
Here is a list of places you might like to visit near/around the venue:
If you get a tired of the traditional German food, this traditional Japanese restaurant called Mangetsu, offers great Japanese food and is a great place to go if you’re in need of some quiet space.
The heart of Frankfurt is The Römerberg: Frankfurt’s Old Town Centre, this town centre is filled with traditional buildings, a very picturesque square that will look amazing in photos!
The Palm Garden is the largest botanic garden in Germany, so it is definitely worth seeing if you have the time. I’m sure the garden will look fantastic during the Autumn season!
For more places to
visit around Frankfurt click here!
Make sure to check
what events are going on throughout the fair and which companies are attending!
Byte the Book is
networking at the book fair this year and are offering Networking Drinks on
October 16th in the fair from 9pm till late! This will be a great
opportunity to meet some new people from the media and publishing industry and
would be great to broaden your knowledge on both industries! For more
information on the event click
In case you weren’t aware Norway is the guest of honour this year so to
honour that we’ve decided to share some of our favourite Norwegian reads:
We are very pleased to welcome CherylO’garro as our new administrator! Cheryl hasjoined our London office where she supports the Permanent team across all roles and sectors.
A self-confessed arts nerd, Cheryl graduated from City, University of London with a Masters’ degree in Culture, Policy and Management and has spent much of her career running events and writing deeply fabulous content. Before joining Atwood Tate, Cheryl worked for a hospitality recruitment agency and completed communications related internships. Her favourite play is a tie between Sheridan’s The School for Scandal or Macbeth, and her go-to feel-good film is the Princess Diaries. Cheryl joined Atwood Tate in May 2018 and, when she is not plugged into her wireless headphones, Cheryl supports the Permanent Team across B2B, Editorial, Publicity, STM and senior appointments.