Who You Work With Matters Now More Than Ever
Lila Mereness (far right) is one of SRW’s Associate Graphic Designers.
With all the negativity in the world, the people of SRW Agency are lucky to be able to lift each other up.
If someone asked me at my college graduation where I would be in a year, I would not have guessed I would be at SRW, or part of something so genuine, honest and caring. I would have had no idea that finding a company that fosters collaboration and values kindness would be as important as it is today.
My first job out of college truly feels like home, even in a time when we’ve been forced to shut down our office due to COVID-19. We’ve been remote since March 1, but every day I see a fellow hoolie (that’s the nickname for our ragtag bunch of hooligans at SRW) take the chance to boost someone else.
My teammates, who have all been recruited for their skill, kindness and candor without hubris, have made working from home and being out of the office for several months downright delightful.
While we may or may not be on the brink of returning to the office, there’s a lot to look forward to when we do go back. Attendance is completely optional. Adherence to strict social distancing protocols in the office is required, and we are cognizant of the fact that as COVID-19 cases in Chicago creep back up, our office may not be reopening as swiftly as we’d hoped. Each day looks different, and that’s our shared expectation. It’s a new normal and we’re slowly adjusting.
Someday in the future, I’m excited for lunches with co-workers and happy hours after a hard day’s work. Going back to the office means we can, even just for a moment, separate work from home. But if we’re looking at a few more weeks from home, we’ll be ready to make the best of it.
Because even when working from home, we’re working together.