Here at Devaney & Associates, we take our work as a full-service advertising, marketing, and PR agency very seriously. We pride ourselves on connecting with our clients and helping them expand their audience. We also value the connections we’ve made within our own team. We couldn’t imagine what it would be like apart from one another…
Except we did have to work from home for over a year.
Alas, the stay-at-home orders have been lifted, and we have been welcomed back into the castle that is the Devaney & Associates office. Needless to say, our squad has been very excited about the return. We’re not sure who is more thrilled: Us or the ghosts who haunt the historic mansion!
We went around and asked the (living) inhabitants of our headquarters to see what everyone loves the most about coming back to office:
“After over a year of working from home, it is a breath of fresh air to go back into the office and talk to everyone,” says Graphic Designer Jordan Levush. Media Director Susan Casey agrees, adding, “It’s nice to have that face-to-face connection!”
That social interaction is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the professional benefits. It’s a general consensus among the team that working in the same building has boosted efficiency. Account Executive Renee Landis loves, “that we can just print things out and discuss them face to face like the good ol’ days.” That instant feedback easily tops the grueling process of having to compose, send, and wait for a reply to an inquiry email. With immediate responses comes immediate action, as our Accounting Manager Valerie Hoffman emphasizes when she says she feels “more productive in the office because [she] can get questions answered more efficiently.”
Another bonus of coming back to work is being exposed to other projects outside of your own bubble. During quarantine, we could only know the information right in front of us, but Account Manager Lisa D’Orsaneo loves “seeing and hearing what is going on in all parts of the agency, and what people are working on, outside of [her] own silo.”
Going beyond the professional and social areas, our team also celebrates the small pleasures that come with returning to work:
“It sounds crazy, but I am really enjoying commuting again…it’s my time to decompress and catch-up on podcasts.” ~ Casey Boccia, Creative Director
“I’ve enjoyed wearing real clothes instead of my pjs!” ~ Meghan Militello, Copywriter
“I enjoy not having to fight with my cat over my keyboard. 😊” ~ Lindsay Herbert, Director of Public Relations
Though pets aren’t entirely excluded from the office! The Devaney Dogs are always welcome to visit and brighten the mood with their radiant energy. “I missed the people and the office dogs! I love visits from both.” says Kolleen Kilduff, senior art director.
It’s safe to say the return to the office has been nothing but a positive experience. Our Founder and President Diane Devaney says, “We are very fortunate for every minute we get to spend in each other’s company. This is an incredibly professional and intelligent group, and work is all the more enriching when we’re together.” As a side note, she adds “And we finally got to see how tall our summer intern is in real life.”