How to Successfully Work Remotely

WFH. These three letters allow employees to move from the desk-bound constraints of a 9-to-5 office and give them the freedom to work from the comfort of their own home, a coffee shop, a collaborative working space or anywhere in between.

In recent years, the option to work elsewhere has seen a surge in popularity. According to a survey by AfterCollege, 68% of millennial job seekers say an option to work remotely would greatly increase their interest in specific employers. Furthermore, a survey from OwlLabs found that employees who work from home at least once a month are 24% more likely to feel happy and productive at work, resulting in 25% less employee turnover than their non-remote work offering counterparts.

Here at Dittoe PR, we offer the opportunity for our team members to work from home a half-day each week. Whether that’s a morning where getting out of bed just isn’t going to happen, or an afternoon where a change of scenery is crucial, this perk encourages us to take some time and work from wherever makes us happy.

Wherever you choose to set up shop, consider these four tips for the most productive outcome:

Dress for success.
Trust me, I know how incredibly tempting it is to throw on pajamas or sweatpants when you’re working from home. However, when you wear pajama pants to bed and sweatpants to lounge on a Saturday afternoon, you’re not in the right frame of mind to physically work.

Mind follows body! Separate your work outfits from your weekend outfits, and dress for the job you have. If you’re in clothes you’d go to work in, you’ll be less inclined to lay down on the couch or zone out for an hour or two.

Set up a workspace.
Similar to dressing for success, it can be tempting to wake up in bed, open up your work laptop and stay there until night falls. There’s a reason our employers keep us upright facing a screen at the office. Get out of bed (it’s harder than it sounds), situate a new desk space and work in that location. Find a place just uncomfortable enough to keep you focused.

Establish clear boundaries between your workspace and your home life. This separation reduces unintended stress and will provide you with enough energy to not only finish your work but keep you from hating your bed or couch when your day is done. No one wants that! 

Reduce distractions.
Sure, your office has its fair share of distractions. When you’re at home or elsewhere, however, those distractions are heightened. Think about it, if you’re at home, what else is there? Dishes to be cleaned, a comfortable couch with Netflix calling your name, Instagram notifications on your phone, that leaky faucet you swore you’d get fixed…the list goes on.

In short, multitasking doesn’t work. The American Psychological Association found that switching between tasks results in a 40% loss of productivity, especially when those tasks involve combining your actual work with scrolling through your Twitter feed. Treat your home – or wherever you choose to work from – as your own office when working remotely. You wouldn’t turn on Game of Thrones in the middle of a meeting, would you? Okay, don’t answer that.

Make a to-do list.
Even if you’re not a fan of the coveted to-do list, making one for your day at home will ensure you stay on track. Utilize Dittoe PR’s favorite list-making app Todoist, or simply put pen to paper with all the tasks needed for the day. As always with to-do lists, if you aren’t able to cross everything off, that’s okay! It’ll still help to keep you on track and remember what needs to be done the following day.

Schedule a few breaks, too. You don’t want to experience burnout at home of all places. If you plan your to-do list hour-by-hour, incorporate brief 15-minute breaks to allow your mind to recharge. Go outside, take a walk, walk your cat, walk your turtle, follow your hamster in its little ball, anything to boost your energy levels in between tasks.

When you spend your time wisely and efficiently, it’ll be like you never left the office. Now you’re ready to go forth and WFH, WFCS (work from coffee shop) or WFWYLHD (work from wherever your little heart desires)!

Interested in a career that lets you work remotely each week? We’re always accepting applications for consideration. Send your resume, cover letter and three writing samples to Ashley Eggert at ashley@dittoepr.com.  

Dittoe PR Springs Into Q2 with New Clients and New Team Member

There are many reasons to celebrate spring. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming, and summer is just around the corner. Here at Dittoe Public Relations, we have even more reasons to celebrate, as we kicked off Q2 with significant additions to our client roster and added a new team member.

Springbuk, WGU Indiana and Conrad Indianapolis have each selected Dittoe PR to lead their media relations and thought leadership efforts. Spanning a variety of industries, including health IT, higher ed and hospitality, these Indianapolis-based organizations all have one thing in common: they have great stories to tell. 

Read on to learn a bit more about our new clients and how Dittoe PR will lead PR efforts for each organization.

Springbuk
Springbuk launched in 2015 with employer-facing health analytics software that forecasts costs and improves population health. Their technology is built by a team of clinical experts, health economists and strategists, and data scientists.

The company initially partnered with Dittoe PR to promote its Health Intelligence Tour, debuting their Health Intelligence platform upgrades. The tour went through Dallas, Chicago and New York City to spread the word to employers, brokers and analysts all over the country about how Springbuk’s platform is preventing disease with data. Dittoe PR secured coverage in the Indianapolis Business Journal, Employee Benefit News, HR.com, Talent Culture and many more outlets to coincide with the tour. Starting this month, the Dittoe PR team is shifting gears and developing and executing a more comprehensive media relations and thought leadership campaign. Through personalized and targeted media outreach, along with expertly drafted contributed articles and award nominations, Springbuk will be showcased as an innovator and thought leader in the employee benefits space.

WGU Indiana
Founded in 2010, WGU Indiana was established as the first-ever state model within Western Governors University. The online university was created for 21st Century careers and offers 60+ degrees in the four colleges of business, teaching, I.T. and health/nursing. WGU Indiana’s mission is to open its doors for adult learners who need the flexibility and affordability of an online university to help them achieve their educational and career goals.

Dittoe PR will execute a proactive, highly strategic media relations, thought leadership and social media plan that will boost statewide brand awareness and help increase enrollment. Through consistent and meaningful media coverage, as well as thought leadership opportunities, we will work to contribute to WGU Indiana’s continued success.

Conrad Indianapolis
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, Conrad Indianapolis opened its doors in 2006 and is a part of the luxury brand Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. The hotel offers beautiful event space for everything from large corporate assemblies to intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. The hotel also offers an art experience unlike any other hotel in Indianapolis that includes notable pieces in the lobby, several art-influenced suites and the Long Sharp Gallery, which features modern masterpieces from artists like Picasso, Miro, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Indiana and Lichtenstein.

Dittoe PR will generate media coverage for the hotel through media relations, compelling content creation and thought leadership efforts to encourage stays, event bookings and showcase the approachable luxury that is Conrad Indianapolis.

You may be wondering how we execute successful campaigns for so many different types of clients in different industries. We get that question a lot, and it reminds me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

For us, the answer is simple. PR is all about the art of storytelling, and we know every company has a story to be told and a targeted audience who will listen and take action. It’s our passion, experience, skills and tools that allow us to tell our clients’ meaningful stories on a daily basis.

As we continue to grow our diverse client roster, we are also adding new team members! Sarah Cox joined the Dittoe PR team as an account executive in March 2019. Prior to joining our agency, Sarah was the director of marketing for the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism for seven years and also served as marketing chair for the Women in Behavior Analysis Conference for three years. She enjoys exploring the world, attending Yelp Indy events and spending time with friends and family. We are thrilled to have Sarah join our growing team!

Thinking it might be time for your organization to find the right PR partner? Contact me at lauryn@dittoepr.com!

If We Pitched Characters from “The Office”

Just like every other Millennial, the employees of Dittoe PR are concerningly obsessed with “The Office” and everything that it perfectly articulates – always managing to generate laughter no matter how many times you’ve seen the episode. It is just that good. And after reading a brilliantly creative blog by a Sigstr employee [and fellow ButlerBulldog], I was inspired to merge my love for Dunder Mifflin with the most significant aspect of public relations: pitching.

While drafting personalized pitches for each reporter can seem time consuming, the lasting relationships formed with media members and top-notch coverage secured for our clients is more than worth the effort.

To show you what we mean by “personalized,” I crafted and tailored media pitches to five Dunder Mifflin employees leveraging current clients of Dittoe PR:

MICHAEL: Why All the Coolest Bosses are Texting for Talent
Hey, Michael!

As a leading branch manager for a thriving paper company, we thought you’d be interested in learning how to bring more hardworking, cool employees, like Ryan, to your office.

Text-based interviewing platforms, like startup Canvas, are helping businesses communicate with the already mobile-obsessed talent generation. With Canvas, employers are able to screen more candidates daily, allowing prospective employees to respond to interview questions at any time from any location—bathroom, crowded concert or even the club.

Not only does this recruiting method resonate with Millennials – like Ryan – but texting is now a prevalent form of communication across all generations. According to Mobile Marketer, 60% of individuals over age 45 say they are just as likely to use texting as voice calling.

This is why you need to hang up on your phone interviews and start more conversations with job candidates via text message interviews instead. Any interest in having a Canvas representative come to your office to learn more?

STANLEY: Relieve Boss-Induced Stress with Holistic Approaches
Hello, Stanley –

Research has linked having a lousy boss to an increased risk of heart attack due to high-stress environments. Thankfully, research also found that massage therapy is effective in lowering stress and blood pressure.

Just like Pretzel Day, a massage is capable of diminishing any woes of the workplace and providing the relief and relaxation you desperately need now more than ever. Enter Massage Heights retreat in Indiana, where therapists limit conversation and focus on administering the perfect pressure tailored to your preferences. From essential oils to massage therapy, Massage Heights will ensure your monitor is on silent.

A Massage Heights representative would be more than happy to visit for an in-office interview and demonstration of a chair massage to show what the benefits of massage therapy are. Any interest?

DWIGHT: How Paper Straws Can Help Recyclops Defeat Polluticorn
Dwight,

We are reaching out because we desperately need your exemplary skills in an effort to alter human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyze a significant reduction in plastic pollution.  

In the U.S. alone, we use 500 million plastic straws every day, many of which end up in our oceans, Shrute Farms and harming our sea life while conquering Recyclops’ planet. If we don’t act now, Polluticorn will rule the world.

How can you help? With your remarkable persuasive leadership, you can get your followers to #StopSucking on single-use plastic straws. USA-made Aardvark flexible paper straws are the strongest, longest lasting on the market. They’re safe, FDA-approved and friendly to our environment. Aardvark paper straws come in 200+ customizable designs, including these that match your demeanor.

If willing to help, we’ll send you samples of Aardvark Straws that will help destroy Polluticorn and his army of pollutants. Any interest?

TOBY: Leveraging Corporate Relocation when Moving to Paradise
Hi Toby,

I recently heard you were relocating to Costa Rica, so I thought you’d find interest in reading a newly released industry study from leading mover, Atlas Van Lines, detailing companies’ current corporate relocation policies and practices.

This year’s Corporate Relocation Survey surveyed 444 corporate relocation professionals, with 91% of respondents working in HR like yourself. Companies like Dunder Mifflin and Prince Family Paper estimated that only a third of relocations were fully reimbursed – meaning employers are once again letting you down.

While the impact of housing/mortgage concerns has lessened notably over the past six years, not everyone can rely on branch closings and severance to pay for their moves.

More findings and data pertaining to the comprehensive study can be found here. Any interest in sharing this study with fellow HR representatives?

KEVIN: Making the Malone Family Mainstay Dundie-Worthy
Hello Kevin!

We’ve heard about Kevin’s Famous Chili, and we’re here to introduce you to an ingredient – available at Carmel Market District – capable of taking your dish from good, to award-winning.

This summer forget the Ancho Chiles and indulge in the addictive flavor of New Mexico’s famous pepper, the Hatch Chile pepper. These bold, spicy peppers will pair perfectly with the under-cooked onions, pressed garlic and diced tomatoes that will surely have folks chatting.

This famous pepper combined with your famous chili will ensure you a coveted Dundie while leaving everyone else saying “Don’t Go in There After Me!”

We’d love to host you in-store for a segment showcasing your chili! Happy to help transport the dish after as well!

Think your business or organization could benefit from our creative minds and tailored pitching? Contact Lauryn Gray at lauryn@dittoepr.com today!