Clinical research goes remote: KCR team members weigh in on WFH

Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be checking in with KCR employees across a variety of departments, cities and countries to get an inside look at their own work from home experiences. Stay tuned!

Kevin Lundgren, Clinical Data Associate

Kevin works from his home office in Boston, MA
  1. How are you performing your duties when staying at home? What is different?

“My work and duties can for the most part be performed remotely so it was a pretty smooth adjustment once the routine of working from home was established. The main difference is the lack of daily interaction with coworkers in the office but we have done a nice job staying connected remotely.”

2. What are the advantages of home office?

“I don’t have to spend time commuting so I have more time every day and the dress code is a little more flexible.”

3. Do you have any tips for working from home?

“Develop a morning routine, keep a dedicated space for work and go outside for a walk every day.”

4. One main tip?

“Make an effort to stay connected with family, friends and coworkers.”

Szilvia Vass, Country Manager (Hungary)

Szilvia Vass works from her home office in Budapest, Hungary
  1. What are the advantages of home office?

“Besides of the challenges we faced recently, home work has a lot of advantages as well. With good time management it is easier to manage work-life balance, time saved on travelling can be spent with family. Home environment is more peaceful than busy office, and with all the good communication channels we are using it is easy to get in touch with colleagues from all over the world. I had virtual visors in my home from over 10 countries for sure.”

William Harris, Junior Clinical Trial Documentation Associate

William working remotely from his home in Boston, MA
  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home? Is anything different?

“Working remotely for me has been more similar to office work than I originally imagined, but there are certainly differences as well. I mostly miss sharing conversations and laughs with my colleagues at the office. However, collaborating with my colleagues virtually has helped me still feel connected with the KCR team every day and maintain productivity.”

Marcin Z. Nowakowski, Director of Project Management

  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home?

“Trying as good as always.”

2. What is different?

“As I used to have already flexible approach sharing work from the office with work from home — not much.”

3. What are the advantages of home office?
“No wasting time on commute, not bothering about the weather, not worried if I had an ironed shirt for the next day.”

4. Do you have any tips for working from home?
“Mute your self especially during bigger conferences and…ensure your camera is covered/not on, especially if you forgot to iron your shirt a day before…”

5. One main tip?
“Stay positive, one day we will meet again in this or the other office.”

Iryna Korchenkova, Clinical Team Leader

Iryna works remotely from her home in Ukraine
  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home? What is different?

“Previously, I mostly worked from the office to see my colleagues, to discuss the working and non-working things and in general to be a part of the working beehive. We had some rituals such as daily morning coffee-meetings, but that all changed in one day. But still I have my to-do list, I review the plan of upcoming events for timely preparation, I have my working place and different devices to perform the ‘ad hoc’ meetings with colleagues for different reason! “

Marieta Gadjeva, Associate Director of Regional Clinical Operations Services

Marieta working from her home in Bulgaria
  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home? What is different?

I usually work from the office, but a lot of the time I also work with people on the “other side of the pond”. And I love it. In fact, having proper space and place to work from home doesn’t change my usual activities. I miss the small pockets of time that I used to catch my colleagues while making tea to hash over the details of something you’re working on together, moments when you end up discovering shared interests, exchanging books or ideas casually, developing inside jokes, too.

Ewelina Mierzejewska, Executive Assistant and Data Protection Officer

Ewelina and her dog working from their home in Warsaw
  1. How would you describe your remote work experience thus far?

As a Executive Assistant and DPO I had to change from fully office based to work from home mode. I’m one of those employees that, despite pandemic, has to visit the office from time to time. When I’m seeing all the empty desks I do miss meeting my colleagues face to face. Luckily we continue on meetings virtually. Only my sweet, newly adopted dog has nothing against me working from home.

Katja Barnitzke, Director of Project Management

Katja working from her home in Germany
  1. How are you performing your duties when staying at home? What is different?

Not so much from working from home itself, I am used to work remotely, and I miss seeing people and talking F2F, but we are all well connected. My home environment has changed — now suddenly there are 5 people who work or learn from here.

2. What are the advantages of home office?

I am much more disciplined in making breaks, if you see me “away” around lunch time — I go jogging, play table tennis with my kids or just have a walk.
Finishing the working day is more difficult.

3. Do you have any tips for working from home?

Have some distinction, timely and locally, between your working and free times. And make sure that your work environment is a nice one.

Paweł Zaborowski, HR Specialist

Pawel working from his home office in Warsaw, PL
  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home? What is different?

The biggest change when I am working from home is the number of daily teleconferences I attend to. What is good, today’s technology helps us to coordinate whole online work very easy (Teams, Skype, WebEx, OneDrive), but I miss everyday face to face contact with other people from the office.

Molly Garrity, Junior PR & Marketing Specialist

Molly Garrity, Jr. PR & Marketing Specialist is working remotely from Boston, MA
  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home? What is different?

Considering performance & daily tasks, transitioning to remote work has been a smooth journey. The dynamics of my international PR & Marketing department team have prepared me for this quite well — as skype calls, video conferences and heavy reliance on technology have always been my norm. And while all work has remained the same, almost everything feels different. My daily productivity routine has changed the most; I am an early riser who typically hops on the early train to the city and feels the most productive in the morning, but working from home has challenged this. Now that there’s no train to catch and my roommates are also WFH, I’ll have coffee with them in the morning and lean into my work much later than usual. But there’s nothing “usual” about the world right now, so I am just doing what feels right.

2. What are the advantages of home office?

The overall structure of WFH lends itself to a highly comfortable balance of work/life. Notably, dropping my commute has allowed me more time to enjoy the mornings and that’s been a peaceful, positive change.

3. Do you have any tips for working from home? One main tip?

I would say just to prioritize wellness. These are exceptional times that are challenging for many, and the chaos of it all can be overwhelming. If feels good to take a long walk in the middle of the day or to FaceTime with your family during lunch, do that. The smallest gestures have proven to be quite energizing. Similarly, keeping in touch with co-workers and friends has also helped me stay motivated and connected to my work.

Kaia Koppel, Associate Director of Biometrics and Clinical Trial Data Execution Systems

Kaia Koppel, Associate Director BMX, working remotely from her home in Berlin
  1. How are you performing your duties during when staying at home? What is different?

Home-office comes with added flexibility. I have noticed I am better in making short breaks and it is easy to fit some physical exercises into the day, especially when it is advised to stay indoors. As a person with who usually was mostly office based, I don’t have printers, scanners or other tools at home, so it is interesting to see how our teams have adjusted to this and in most areas all you need to perform your tasks is a laptop and internet connection — everything is online. Ten years ago this would not have been possible.

2. What are the advantages of home office?

I’m a typical non-morning person, so it is the greatest pleasure to wake up and already be in the “office”. Same for evenings — if inspiration hits, you just open your laptop and you are again at work. So we can be more efficient, as can adjust the hours based on schedule and tasks we have.

3. Do you have any tips for working from home?

Stay connected and keep the spirits up! During this tricky time there is no greater pleasure than to find time to speak with your co-workers to stay connected and find positive in small things. When you see someone struggling with negative thoughts or stress, it is our responsibility to reach out and bring some brightness into the days.

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