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Home / Work

We are all adjusting to new arrangements as we work during the pandemic. Some are working at home for the first time, others are now sharing established remote working spaces with other household members. Many are juggling multiple roles and/or supporting remote learning. All of this is occurring in the context of uncertainty and disruption.
 
So, how are people managing? Where are they working from? What are the struggles and benefits? Where do they find moments of invention and generosity?

The importance of ‘third spaces’

The importance of ‘third spaces’

Sole practitioner Sarah Hobday-North was already adept at working from home, but she misses the support of ‘third spaces’, such as cafes, libraries, museums and playgrounds.
Heading home

Heading home

Settled back in to her family home during the COVID-19 crisis, Sarah Ackland has enjoyed many aspects of lockdown life – time with family, long runs, life drawing and reading freely.
Engagement at a local and global level

Engagement at a local and global level

Grace Choi has found that lockdown life has opened up unexpected opportunities to engage more globally as well as to build strong connections in her local community.  
Strategic planning and time to think

Strategic planning and time to think

Working from home has given Katelin Butler more time to focus on strategic planning, and to consider the important takeaways from this critical moment in time.
Clean desks and flashbacks to corporate clients

Clean desks and flashbacks to corporate clients

As the world narrows, Sue Wittenoom is learning to share her work-from-home spaces and have a clean desk before dinner.
Home / Work

Home / Work

Our new series asks the Parlour community to share stories of Home / Work as we all suddenly adjust to new working arrangements. Find out how to contribute here.
Connection and imagination

Connection and imagination

Fiona Tribe has been working from home for many years. The pandemic has revealed that this was, nonetheless, very social. The lockdown has meant finding others ways to connect.
Working from home – amazing!

Working from home – amazing!

Reduced stress, no commute, daily savings and increased productivity – working from home has been an amazing experience for Melissa Daniel.
Doing your Home / Work

Doing your Home / Work

For Brisbane-based Emma Healy, Covid-19 isolation has brought clarity about the things that matter the most.
New routines and tangible creative outlets

New routines and tangible creative outlets

Diana Jones is keeping everything on track by applying tried and tested tactics – routine and planning, lists of tasks and objectives, and plenty of creative pursuits.
An easy transition in an uneasy world

An easy transition in an uneasy world

The transition to WFH has been relatively easy for Indianapolis-based Lora Teagarden, but ever-present is the emotional drain of COVID-19-related unknowns in the world at large.
Scattered spaces, remote leadership

Scattered spaces, remote leadership

Naomi Stead describes leading Monash Architecture from eight workspots, shared with her partner and distributed across their small apartment.
Zoom and potted plants

Zoom and potted plants

For Sophie Cleland, colour, texture and a dedicated reading nook make a happy space for long days online.
One thing at a time

One thing at a time

A rejection of the open plan and the small breakout spaces of Kirsty Volz’s Two Pavilion House have enabled her to tackle one task at a time during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Work / life imbalance

Work / life imbalance

Tania Davidge has been thrown for a loop by the demands of COVID-19 isolation and juggling work with the supervision, feedback and conversation kids require for online learning. 
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