By Sarah Bradnum on 1 October 2018
National Work Life Week at Journalista.
This year, October 1st – 5th marks National Work Life Week: an annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work, and work/life fit, run by the UK’s work/life balance charity, Working Families.
At Journalista, we have embraced the flexibility technology brings to cultivate the perfect working environment for working families. No central office space with a strict 9-5 for us! By facilitating a fully remote team working collaboratively from all over the UK, we have been able to grow a close-knit team of specialist, fulfilled and happy individuals.
It is our belief that Great people + Great environment = Outstanding results.
But don’t take our word for it – here’s what some of the team have to say about working for Journalista…
How would you describe working at Journalista?
As a freelancer, I feel really valued for my skills, expertise, and who I am as a ‘whole’ person, with a family, outside interests and passions. (Katherine Kowalski – Consultant)
Working at Journalista has been the most open, respectful, and healthy experience I’ve had, professionally. There’s a sense of trust that comes from flexible remote working that I haven’t found anywhere else, and even if the technology does sometimes let you down, you know you always have the support of the rest of the team. Plus you occasionally get to work from the sofa in your pajamas, which I’d take over commuting any day! (Sarah Bradnum – PR Executive)
Busy, rewarding, fun. (James Tout – Delivery Director)
How does working for Journalista differ from other companies?
Many companies could learn a lot from the Journalista way of working. Using technology to collaborate, focusing on quality of work not where the work is done and bringing expertise together from across the UK makes for happy, productive, creative teams. (Katherine)
There are very few companies that offer the work flexibility that Journalista does. They truly understand that productivity and results are not dependent on all being physically present together every day from 9-5. (Jem Bahaijoub – Consultant)
It’s about not just paying lip service to ideas around remote and flexible working – but actually doing it. For a lot of companies, a tech-enabled future where we work in different places but can still be a close team with professional integrity and high quality is something that’s “coming”. For us, it’s every day. (James)
For a freelancer, the ability to easily integrate Journalista work into a broader portfolio of work is a huge benefit. (Kenny Campbell – Associate Consultant)
How does Journalista support you in achieving a work/life balance?
The ethos is: as long as the work gets done, and the client is happy, it doesn’t matter when you do it. Due to a health condition, I often have to attend appointments during the working day, so this is very useful. (Sarah Carlin – Consultant)
I live in Cornwall and have two children with additional needs. Conventional 9-5 in an office just doesn’t work with my lifestyle and nor would I want it to. Working with Journalista, I can do my best work professionally, meet my personal commitments and be on the beach when it’s sunny. (Katherine)
Working for Journalista means I can take my kids to school in the morning and pick them up from school in the afternoon. I fit my work around my life schedule rather than fitting my life around my work schedule. (Jem)
It means I can live next to the beach in Devon but still work with great clients and be anywhere I need to be, when I need to be. And as a London boy I’ve still got my umbilical cord back to the metropolis! (James)
What goals have you been able to achieve in your personal life while working for Journalista?
I’ve actually had the time and headspace to start eating healthily again. And I’ve got a dog! So lunchtimes aren’t a sad packet sandwich at my desk, they’re a salad and a brisk beach walk with the pooch. And I feel so much better! (Katherine)
I’ve taken up muay thai – it’s a great stress reliever! 🙂 (James)
Better mental health! I’ve previously struggled with stress and anxiety related to working in unboundaried or otherwise unhealthy environments, but I had no idea that there was any alternative – “that’s just how the working world is”. I’m so glad I was wrong! (Sarah B)
Working with some of the most talented, experienced and interesting people in the PR business. My mantra for 2018 was “great people, fresh ideas” and working with people in a location agnostic, outcome focussed way means I get to do and create just that. (Holly Sutton – CEO)
What makes Journalista work for you?
While not being tied to an office and office hours is a huge benefit, Journalista also ensures that there is still a very strong team mentality – regular communication, occasional meet-ups, the chance to interact face-to-face with other team members. It’s not just about work-life balance, it’s also about a balance between the pros and cons of remote working. We may not work in the same office every day, but we are an incredibly strong team. (Kenny)
Journalista nurtures a team of intrapreneurs – fostering an entrepreneurial spirit within a larger team structure. (Jem)
Being a freelancer can get lonely. And one freelancer simply can’t be all things to all clients. Being part of a team means I don’t feel isolated, and true teamwork means a much better end result for clients which makes work so much more rewarding. (Katherine)
I really value being part of a team with a shared purpose and ethos, whilst having the freedom to express myself as an individual. I’ve only been with Journalista for a month, but I already feel like part of the family. (Sarah B)
Being inspired by brilliant colleagues from all over the place and with very different backgrounds and experiences, but all bringing something special to our team. (James)
When you can wake up wherever you want to, skip the commute and take your lunch break where and with whoever you choose you are more motivated than ever to build the business that affords you that freedom. No amount of branded water bottles, fancy London offices or benefit schemes can top that at attracting and retaining the best talent in the business. (Holly)
National Work Life Week runs from 1st – 5th October. For more stories, follow #worklifeweek