How the office is staying positive during the COVID-19 outbreak

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It’s fair to say, the same four walls are starting to feel more familiar, as the majority of us become more accustomed to self-isolation. With all this sudden downtime placed upon us, it can be hard to know how to occupy the days while sitting inside.

In these times of uncertainty, it can be hard not to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world, but with every cloud, there is a silver lining and in these times of unease there are always activities we can be doing to keep ourselves happy and occupied.

That is why we have spoken to our Quintex team to see what they’re doing to keep positive and remain proactive while staying at home.

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Emma Brooks – General Manger

How are you spending your time during self-isolation?

Working! The Quintex Final Year-End was on the 31st March, so I’m busy preparing everything with Kamila our Finance Manager and our accountants. I’m participating in online courses – learning some new skills, walking my dogs, drinking and enjoying the sunshine! I’ve also been doing Joe Wicks’ PE lessons every day.

What are your top tips for staying positive?

The sunny weather is really helping especially as I’m lucky enough to have a garden.  Having two dogs also keeps you busy and they make you smile each day.  Starting the day off with a workout is certainly boosting my happy endorphins too.

What are you most looking forward to at the end of lockdown?

Going out for dinner with friends! And not drinking alone! (That’s a joke btw!)

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Ben Wyatt – Design & Development Manager

How are you spending your time during self-isolation?

I’m still working so still busy with development on Quintex products!

What are your top tips for staying positive?

To be honest, there has been very little change in my routine. I’m getting a lot more DIY done and still getting out to ride my horse and enjoy the fresh air.

What are you most looking forward to at the end of lockdown?

A good pub meal and catching up with some friends.

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James Moran – Operations Manager

How are you spending your time during self-isolation?

I’m spending some valuable family time with my partner and daughter, teaching my little girl to ride a bike as well as homeschooling her. I’m also doing housework and renovating old bicycles!

What are your top tips for staying positive?

For me it’s staying physically and mentally active. Get out for that run that you are too tired to do after a day’s work, utilise the online fitness videos to aid you in your fitness goals. You will be shocked by how much a little physical stimulation will help you with feeling better in yourself. Get involved in online training programmes to enhance your existing skills, or, why not learn a new one?

Keep in regular contact with your friends and family, utilise video calls where possible, its almost just as good seeing someone face to face but with the added bonus of being able to leave them when you want to!

Check in with work colleagues and people that you maybe wouldn’t contact in usual day to day life, a short ‘I hope you and your family are well and safe in these tough times’ will go a long way and will brighten up the recipients day!

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What are you most looking forward to at the end of lockdown?

I can’t wait to get back to work, being able to work harder and value my job more as well as seeing the businesses that I work for progress.

I look forward to seeing my family and friends and being able to go to the shops without wearing a mask and gloves!

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Keith Stevens – Managing Director

How are you spending your time during self-isolation?

I’m spending most days doing jobs that I never thought existed, emptying and cleaning gutters and soffits, moving logs to the bonfire which had been hanging around for years, fixing holes in the fence and watching re-runs of classic premier league football matches from 1996 and reliving last year’s England cricket world cup win over and over again, we just always win!

What are your top tips for staying positive?

Don’t listen to the news or read the newspapers, all they report is the bad news and look to sensationalise even the minor points.

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Put the situation in perspective, although 90000 people have been tested positive for Covid19, 66.6 million haven’t!

It will end at some point in the not too distant future and although it may take some time to get back to ‘normal’, it will and maybe, just maybe, there will be some good to come out of it, community spirit, appreciation for the NHS and other services and realising that you can make a toilet roll last for two weeks!

What are you most looking forward to at the end of lockdown?

I’m most looking forward to seeing family and friends again without having to stand at the end of the drive; having a BBQ with someone other than my wife and the dogs and not having to queue for 20 minutes to get into the supermarkets. But most of all, not having to avoid all those cyclists who seem to have multiplied out of nowhere!

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Ryan McNeice – Sales Associate

How are you spending your time during self-isolation?

I spent the first week or so catching up on TV and avoiding all those odd jobs that need doing, that I promised I would do when ‘I had the time’. But now, I find myself slowly ticking things off the list to keep my sanity! I have also spent a lot of time de-cluttering, realising that if I haven’t used it in a year then I doubt I’ll use it anytime soon!

What are your top tips for staying positive?

I try to avoid any form of news around Covid-19, its all negative and full of uncertainty and not going to put anyone in a good mindset. I try to formulate a routine, with a task each day, so once I’ve completed it, I’ll feel less guilty about watching a few hours of TV.

What are you most looking forward to at the end of lockdown?

Beers and Wagamama. That is all.

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Chris Stevens – Sales & Marketing Manager

How are you spending your time during self-isolation?

I’ve been keeping myself occupied during isolation by listening to audiobooks on positive mindsets and new strategies in business to help hit the floor running when we get back to the office! Much like most of the world right now, I’ve been finding new projects around the house and garden, I never knew how relaxing and rewarding de-weeding the garden and re-grouting the bathroom could be!

What are your top tips for staying positive?

My top tips for staying positive would be; do things around the house or garden whether that’s cleaning and neatening up things or painting and decorating, anything that you will give you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment when completed!

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I’ve also found that it’s important to do the small things that you get enjoyment out of, play music and play it loud if necessary, maybe some ACDC or Celine Dion whichever makes you feel energised and upbeat. Put on your movie favourites that you haven’t watched for a while, something funny that will give you the belly laughs!

Lastly, get out into the fresh air, once a day, on a bike, for a walk or run, just make sure you get out there and take in your surroundings and take a moment to appreciate it!

What are you most looking forward to at the end of lockdown?

I’m most looking forward to getting out there and seeing family, friends and colleagues in person and catching up properly over a very cold pint of lager (or two), getting back to playing football and of course getting back to business and doing what we do best at Quintex.

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