3. What are some best practices you've learned from collaborating in a remote environment with one another?
Emily: I’ve learned so much from collaborating in a remote environment. I think it’s important to not be afraid to put yourself out there. Working remotely can feel very individualistic, especially when you haven’t met any of your colleagues in person, but it is possible to create that team mentality. With the right mindset, you and your colleagues can collaborate and be successful.
I’ve also learned the power of being flexible and understanding. We have a variety of different departments and roles, so everyone has a full plate and is trying to help you as quickly as they can. It’s important to respect one another’s time and priorities and to keep communication flowing, especially when we don’t have the opportunity to walk over to someone’s desk and check in like we normally would when in the office.
4. You've been with Signify for six months now. If you could go back to the first day of your internship and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be, and why?
Gabriella: On the first day of orientation, our Talent Acquisition colleague and Intern Program lead, Adam Roth, gave me one of the best pieces of advice. He emphasized the importance of building connections. Whether it’s another person in your department or someone from one of our other offices across the US or globe, networking creates opportunities. In a time where it can feel a bit isolating because our experience is virtual, networking has helped me feel connected to my colleagues and the organization.
Reaching out to someone for the first time might seem a little daunting, but I’ve found that my Signify colleagues take our value of Greater Together to heart and welcome connecting. In the six months I’ve been with the company, I’ve gotten the chance to meet with and be mentored by incredible people from within my department and outside of it. I think it’s something that every young professional needs to be doing.