Stop Trying to Make “Balanced” Pandemic Life Happen

Here we are, one month into the quarantine and many of us have yet to find the magic potion for managing a full-time job, homeschooling, childcare and whatever else now rules your days. Swaying between a multitude of emotions and just trying to make it through a single day, or sometimes just to lunch, has become the norm. As a manager, organization, leadership and resourcefulness often come naturally. Except during a pandemic, we suddenly have to organize our entire lives at once. The finite line between home and work has become fully blurred and any attempt at work-life balance feels completely unattainable at a time like this. 

Everything is changing, continuously, and with it we must also make changes to continue to efficiently manage our teams. It’s hard, no doubt about it. But what’s harder is continuing to drive the same schedule and force yourself to be productive when you simply can’t, because the daredevil of your three children just learned to climb the kitchen bar stools or the intense silence of your new home office lacks the chatter of a motivating team member. There’s no wrong or right way to maintain life during a pandemic, but to keep some sanity while leading your team from home here are a few tips you can use to manage the madness.

Identify Boundaries

Stop trying to wedge your normal work-life into your new chaotic home-life. It just won’t work! What a lot of people in quarantine are learning rather quickly is that burnout can happen before you know it. Working from home means you no longer have a morning drive-time, a friend lunch to catch or a reason to leave the office for a quick breath of fresh air. Everything in your day just runs together and suddenly you realize you’ve worked several hours more than you intended. 

Identifying chunks of time within the day when you can be most productive is pivotal. If that happens to come at 9 p.m. after the children are asleep, so be it. We are literally in survival mode here, and as we’ve come to know all too well each day seems to bring new challenges or shifts in our processes. Being nimble with not only your strategies but also your work schedule is going to be the real make or break moment.

Create a Daily Huddle

If our team wasn’t utilizing the Slack platform to stay in contact throughout the day, this working from home life would be a lot harder to manage. Using a workspace app enables your team to remain connected, but it definitely identifies the void in face-to-face communication. Sometimes things are just easier spoken than typed into a message…though we all know millennials beg to differ. 

Make sure to actively engage with your team in different ways that help them to still feel seen and part of the collective. Additionally, now that everyone is working on a very personalized schedule to get things done, daily check-ins will help mitigate any uncertainties. Depending on the size of your team, Zoom calls work great for a group or individual virtual meet-up. One rule we have made at Ghidotti is whenever you’re on a Zoom call you must show your face. Not only do we want to see each other’s faces, but we also want to see how our teammates are doing. Proving you are a compassionate leader through empowerment and encouragement is really the key to supporting your team through this time.

Stop Apologizing

While on the phone with a client, my kids were loudly instructing each other on the rules of the new pillow fort, which quickly turned into an argument. Meanwhile, I’m trying to discuss project schedules and muting the phone every two minutes to tell them to be quiet. My client finally said, “You don’t have to mute me. I get it…it’s fine.” In the middle of all the chaos, her calm and non-judgemental words were just what I needed to hear.

If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it 1,000 times, we’re in this together. Kids are going to interrupt your Zoom, dogs are going to bark on your conference call … and you know what, it’s fine. You’re NOT the only one going through this, so don’t apologize for the uncontrollable things happening around you. Embrace the mess and go on. Your clients, teammates and the world will understand.

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It’s OK to Not Be OK

Give yourself a break! Everyone manages stress differently, but one thing we all have in common right now is that we are each developing an immense amount of self-awareness. Giving yourself and your teammates validation is one of the best things you can do during this time of pandemonium. F-e-e-l those feelings. Don’t waste time holding them back because truthfully they will just spill out anyway–and usually when you don’t really want them too. 

Self-care has never been more crucial. With gyms, parks and all things recreation now closed, what’s there to do? Simple … walk the neighborhood while you’re listening to a podcast (great list collab from our team here), get into the car for a drive (that is still allowed) or just sit on the back porch and soak up the sunshine. You would be surprised how just a few minutes of reflection can impact your day. But also, if you need to sit on the couch and pop a box of chocolates for a time, no judgment. Just don’t live there. Make it a priority to move throughout the day and get your blood flowing. Creativity is more likely to stir up when your mind is clear of the clutter. 

Balance or No Balance

Achieving a work-life balance has always been a challenge for many Americans. We pour our heart and soul into our careers because it’s where we spend most of our days.

Perhaps this is our time to find what balance means, but through a different lens, because one thing is for sure it will look nothing like we previously imagined. What’s important to remember is not to force it. There’s no sense in creating expectations that are unattainable; you’re simply setting yourself up for failure. Make a plan with a 100 percent guarantee that it will change. This way your brain is already set on the path for adaptation. Exponential growth in your leadership will come when you’ve worked toward living above your circumstances. Understand this is just another life season and this too shall pass. You’ve got this!

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Are You the Next Rock Star on the Ghidotti Team?

The Ghidotti Team is overflowing with full-fledged rock stars. Sure – we’re looking for the best, brightest, most creative, most organized. You get the picture. But what we REALLY want is someone who we can laugh with, depend on, learn from and do great work together. Learn more about who we’re looking for and what you can expect.

Ghidotti is currently hiring a Media Relations Specialist and Fall PR Intern! 

Media Relations Specialist

The media relations specialist should possess superb project management and organizational skills, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

To ensure success, media relations specialists should demonstrate fantastic time management, great creativity with a keen interest in creating and implementing cost-efficient and effective media campaigns, as well as effectively analyze the impact of campaigns on the company’s bottom line.

By assisting the team in the execution of client activities and learning the basics of services offered across all areas of the agency, the media relations specialist will play a crucial role in supporting client service teams. 

Main Responsibilities

  • Write client and internal correspondence effectively and with limited supervision.
  • Develop content for broadcast, print and online distribution channels to include press releases, media advisories, blogs, e-newsletters and website content with limited supervision.
  • Negotiate with media channels to close competitive deals.
  • Serve as the agency’s media liaison and formal spokesperson, and effectively place client messages and spokespeople in target media outlets.
  • Scan the media marketplace to keep up-to-date on the latest media trends.
  • Successfully plan and execute client activities such as media tours, digital and social campaigns, business missions and/or other special events. 
  • Proactively identify story ideas and work with the supervisor to develop.
  • Successfully manage independently the execution of all client content calendars, which can include media relations pitch calendars, blogs, social content and paid media campaigns.
  • Exhibit competency and efficiency in drafting copy for client marketing materials and/or campaigns, such as website content, e-newsletters, collateral materials, paid media campaigns, etc. 
  • As it relates to social/digital media, regularly suggest ideas, manage the planning, and comfortably execute campaigns on behalf of clients. 
  • Assist in the management of interns, when applicable. 
  • Monitor all campaigns, and report on results.
  • Build long-term relationships with media houses.
  • Easily navigate agency platforms such as Cision, TVEyes, Sprout Social, Sprinklr.

 

Fall PR Intern

We’re looking for a resourceful go-getter who enjoys fast-paced work in an agency environment and is eager to learn the ins and outs of public relations, media relations, social media management and content marketing.Our team members are expected to complete high-quality work, juggle multiple tasks, keep projects on track, and be accountable for results. The right candidate will be a motivated problem-solver who will thrive in a deadline-driven environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Writing for social media
  • Posting to social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Creating Canva graphics
  • Brainstorming/Researching Ideas
  • Logging media clips
  • Assisting with video production and Facebook lives for clients
  • Building media contact lists
  • Uploading content to content management sites for clients
  • Assist with client events
  • Media Relations outreach
  • Attend internal meetings and potentially take notes for client meetings
  • Assist with office errands and organization
  • Assist with general project management and scheduling

What We Want:

  • Experience with writing/posting to social media sites and using Canva is preferred.
  • Experience with photography and/or video creation or production is a plus.
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Organized and able to prioritize work under pressure
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • You are resourceful.
  • You are humble.
  • You know what needs to be done because it just comes naturally.
  • You are accurate with an attention to detail.
  • You follow instructions.
  • You have a life outside of work that you love and nurture.
  • You love learning new things.
  • You ask questions when appropriate and know how to Google the simple things like your life depends on it!
  • You treat our clients and your team members with respect.
  • You are funny.
  • You are caring.
  • You are a good friend and co-worker.
  • You are creative and think of brilliant ideas in your sleep.
  • You are resourceful. It’s so important that we’re mentioning it again!

Rock Star Environment

We strive to create a fun, engaging atmosphere where high fives, chicken minis, and celebrations are commonplace. We lift one another up, honor achievements and reward hard work.

  1. Professional Enrichment

    Whether instructor-led, web-based or sharing during Fireside Friday, we are always learning more!

  2. Community Engagement

    We love the state of Arkansas. Our team enjoys outings to locally-owned businesses and pride ourselves on community involvement. In addition, employees are often offered free tickets to community events to get out and enjoy life with friends and family.

  3. Team Building

    Quarterly adventures for the team!

  4. Winter Recess

    We shut this place down at the holidays so we can all rest, relax and reinvigorate for the new year.

  5. Summer Fridays

    We get an early jump on the weekend every Friday during the summer.

  6. Volunteer Time Off (VTO)

    Along with your PTO, you also get VTO to use to support your favorite charity or organization.

Does this describe you?

To apply, please submit the following via email to careers@ghidotti.com

  1. Cover letter and PDF of your resume 
  2. References: 2-3 minimum
  3. Tell us how you heard about this position