New season, new beginnings and some fresh country air
September 2021 Sarah Nixon
Our lovely new office was ready at the beginning of September, which coincided nicely with that back to school, brand new term, fresh beginnings feeling. The kids were marching back in for a new school year as we moved up the road to our new home. It is a larger space which enables us to be together safely, to collaborate, create, listen, learn and, just as importantly, spend time simply working together. Our newest team members have met everyone face-to-face for the first time and the office has been genuinely buzzing.
The last year and a half made us all re-evaluate our lives to a greater or lesser extent, and work is no exception. We have also re-evaluated the ways that we work best at Aurora.
In short, it’s a bit of both… office and home working. It’s a much-used buzzword, but we too have adopted a hybrid approach, which means people can choose the best place to complete their best work.
Our working world is a varied and exciting mix of frantic activity, creativity, planning and doing, coupled with the need for deep thinking and quiet concentration. It therefore makes sense that there are different places to accomplish this variety of work, be that at home or somewhere quiet and peaceful, or bouncing ideas and concepts around a meeting room, park, or our roof terrace.
We’ve all been used to juggling our work and home lives which blended more than a lot of us would have liked during the pandemic. But the flip side is that we have also got used to more flexibility with our time, for example taking time out in the day to do some exercise while it is still light or fitting in some home schooling around meetings. The team can now work differently as needed in terms of their working hours. Meetings all take place in traditional office hours, but around that we are more flexible than ever. Our main priority is that is we continue to work with our clients to deliver the best quality work, but how that is delivered is up to our teams.
Time out and about
After so much enforced time apart and locked down, we wanted to get everyone together. We are therefore off to the beautiful Peak District next week for some much-needed time together, away from work and everyday life.
The focus for our time away will be business planning, team building and, most importantly, getting to know each other a little better. Even those who have been at Aurora for a while haven’t spent much time together since the office closed in March 2020. And that matters, because we pride ourselves on delivering bold, brave and brilliant work for clients, and that’s only possible because of our team.
Our culture and our people remain paramount to the business. Taking this time together builds and strengthens relationships, making the work we do together even more rewarding.
We were really heartened to receive very positive feedback from many of our clients when we updated them about the time we were taking for the trip. It seems that they appreciate the value and benefits for the team as much as we do.
As we move into the final quarter of the year, we are looking forward to producing more award-winning work, welcoming people back into our new office and nailing the hybrid working approach.