Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Varn

By Ben Carey on 8 February, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

Tom Vaughton is Managing Director of specialist search marketing and analytics agency Varn, based in Bradford-on-Avon. He gives us his lockdown thoughts on the importance of daylight, fresh air and having a dynamic office space.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

I think it’s so important to keep remembering what we are grateful for; our health, our families, the small joys you can find in a day, even if it’s just what’s for tea. I am making a huge effort to get outside every day for some exercise and staying in touch regularly with my team; having a quick catch-up chat always brightens my day.

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

The tricky bit has been integrating the kids schooling. I would have normally had an hour or so on my own each morning before the team arrived for the day. Now that time is taken up with getting the kids set up and ready for home-school. So instead, I’m making sure I have a proper lunch hour where I can get outside. We have changed our working day at Varn to allow for longer lunch breaks so the team can get outside and enjoy the daylight.

Are you doing anything new?

I help to manage a 30-acre woodland, so I am making sure I get out to the woods every weekend for some physical activity and to be outside no matter the weather.

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I think the pandemic made me deliberately spend some time thinking about our business; what Varn really is and what’s important to us as a team. We have agreed we want to be focused and passionate about the things we spend our time on and we want to work with like-minded companies that we really respect, admire and enjoy working with. Life’s too short for our work to not be fun.

Have you introduced any new rituals?

I do some stretches every time I make a coffee, does that count‽

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

I can’t wait to have the team back in the office. I miss the face-to-face chat, office laughter and I also really miss getting out and seeing clients.

What is your biggest goal this year?

Making sure that my business is thriving by ensuring my team are motivated and happy in their jobs and by doing great work with clients that we love to work with.

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

Interestingly, even with remote working going very well, I think this experience has taught me we will always be an office-based company as we love working together and being a team in the same space. My goal is to ensure our office environment is engaging, dynamic and a place people want to come to, and I am exploring new outdoor woodland based office spaces. Watch this space!

Find out more about Varn

Pictured: Tom Vaughton and family.