Home Sweet Office

At this magazine, our work culture is based on trust and respect.

September 18, 2020 | | Editor’s Desk

Here at In The Hills, we’ve always been decentralized. All the folks on our masthead work from their home offices, scattered across the towns and countryside of Headwaters. And now with the rest of the world catching on to the idea, we like to think of ourselves as trendsetters – who can vouch for what a very fine way to work it is.

At this magazine, our work culture is based on trust and respect. In a business driven by hard deadlines, I have faith as publisher that our talented and thoughtful team understands their jobs, represents the magazine professionally, and that we’ll all get our work done on time. And so it has proven. But how and when we work is up to each of us. Some of us are morning people and some work best at night. If there’s a child to get to swim class, a parent-teacher meeting to attend, a visiting friend to pick up from the airport, or even a midday yoga class to make, personal schedules get juggled and balanced accordingly.

As for the social aspect of a formal office, or so-called water-cooler creativity, well, although we mostly communicate electronically on business matters, working remotely hasn’t stopped ideas from flowing or friendships from being forged.

So is it all perfect? None of us would probably go that far. And Covid has certainly added some pressure points to everyone’s carefully orchestrated schedules, but because here at the magazine we were already used to the idea of working from home, perhaps we were able to adapt more readily.

In this issue, writer Paul Webster looks at how the pandemic-accelerated trend to working from home is playing out across these hills, as well as the big problem that stands in the way of making it a happy reality for more of us – that is, our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad rural internet. He also reviews some of the initiatives underway to solve that problem, though he finds a broad-based (make that broadband-based) solution for everyone is probably still years away.

In her Headwaters Nest column, Bethany Lee notes, “Over the past few months, we’ve certainly become familiar with our own four walls.” If your family is like Bethany’s, for whom managing the lockdown meant discovering a new zest for self-reliance and DIY projects, this issue also offers plenty of inspiration, from growing and preserving your own produce, to redecorating with the durable comfort of vintage furniture, or to reducing your reliance on the grid.

We’re not out of the Covid woods yet, so keep those home fires burning – and stay safe.

About the Author More by Signe Ball

Signe Ball is publisher/editor of In The Hills.

Related Stories

How We Work from Home

Sep 18, 2020 | Paul Webster | Community

Once the pandemic is over, many people intend to keep working from home – if only their lousy rural internet will co-operate.

When Times are Tough – Decorate!

Sep 18, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

To make things better in my family, we’ve done our best with paint and elbow grease to improve our physical space, in the hope of providing fresh perspectives to brighten our minds.

Pandemic Journals

Pandemic Journals

Jun 25, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Pandemic Journals

We thank everyone who shared a glimpse of their lives with us.

Quarantini with a twist: Writer Gail Grant settles in for a Skype chat with a distant friend. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Home Alone

Jun 25, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Living solo in the era of Covid-19.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

By posting a comment you agree that IN THE HILLS magazine has the legal right to publish, edit or delete all comments for use both online or in print. You also agree that you bear sole legal responsibility for your comments, and that you will hold IN THE HILLS harmless from the legal consequences of your comment, including libel, copyright infringement and any other legal claims. Any comments posted on this site are NOT the opinion of IN THE HILLS magazine. Personal attacks, offensive language and unsubstantiated allegations are not allowed. Please report inappropriate comments to vjones@inthehills.ca.