With the 2020-2021 pandemic and an extended lockdown, many businesses responded to the changing reality with new approaches for workspaces. At Mirego, we care about building the best workplace for our team and so we decided to allow them to work from anywhere they wish, whenever they want. However, we do believe that the need to provide physical spaces for the team to gather and collaborate is more relevant than ever.
Trying to understand how the lockdown affected our team members' lives and what their perspective was for the upcoming year, we had a chat with several of them.
The following is what DAn Lévesque, software developer at Mirego since 2014, shared with us.
What were your working arrangements before the pandemic?
I live on Quebec City’s south shore, a 12-minute drive from Mirego’s office. Even before the pandemic started, I was on a hybrid work arrangement, which Mirego allows. My schedule was organized around rush hour, as I can’t stand traffic. Every morning, I’d start my workday from home, which also allowed me to be around as my kids got ready for school, and then I’d drive to the office. I’d spend on average 5 to 6 hours there, before heading back home—beating the afternoon traffic—arriving just in time for the kids’ afterschool, dinner, and bath time routine. Once they were tucked in for the night, I’d quietly finish my workday from home. Some people hate working at night, but I love it. I feel relaxed and focused!
How did the pandemic change your life?
I am a very social and outgoing person, and I need to see my teammates every day. At Mirego, we treasure the people-centric workplace culture we’ve managed to build. I value this closeness with my teammates. The pandemic marked my career’s darkest period. I was going nuts being home by myself. The days were so long, each week seemed endless. Although I used my Mirego budget to set up a super nice office, and I can truly say I had the best possible work-from-home set-up, it still felt so lonely working there. I thrive when there’s some noise around me, when there’s some action going on—all that silence at home felt unbearable.
I’m telling you: I really hope this pandemic business won’t come back too often.
What will your work schedule be like in the future?
I plan to go back to the same hybrid working schedule I had before. I’ll get to the office every day and I’ll even embrace traffic if it comes to that! Then I’m also due to the Mirechalets; I’m going there with some teammates next week to celebrate a project’s launch and to plan next steps for development. This friendliness—the true spirit of Mirego’s culture—is quite unique, enabling me to accomplish many things which I could not have achieved elsewhere.
I’ve set a goal for myself: encouraging as many as I can to come back to the office! I want to bring back the fun we had, spending time together each day. So please be warned: You may feel just fine working from home in your teddy bear slippers but believe me when I tell you the real action is at the office—It’s my personal mission to persuade you of this.
Can you relate to DAn’s vision? Join us!
More than ever at Mirego, we believe in the relevance of physical spaces to help people gather, share, and collaborate. Physical workplaces are where people can build long-term relationships, beat loneliness, and contribute to the well-being of everyone else.