McCormick Taylor employees have transitioned into the new normal of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the changes, our staff finds ways to stay productive, healthy, and connected. Below is a day in the life of Josh Jarmul, PE a Water Resources Engineer III in our Pittsburgh, PA office.
What does a standard day-to-day look like for you now that you are working from home?
Before working from home, I would wake up at 6 am and leave by 6:45 for my 40 minute commute to work. Now, I can wake up later, enjoy the morning, and see my wife, Beth, and my son, Asher, so much more. At lunch, I can come upstairs and play with Asher. He has grown so much during quarantine. He can roll front to back and back to front, he can laugh now, and he has found his feet.
How does your new routine compare to a typical workday in the office?
My workday is a little more broken up. I can take walks in the neighborhood in the middle of the afternoon! I can see my family a lot more too.
How has McCormick Taylor supported your transition to working from home?
The IT department has been great with getting me set up with remote access and Fuze on my personal computer.
What has been your favorite part of working from home so far?
Seeing my family more and being more flexible throughout the week to get work completed.
What has been the most challenging aspect of working from home?
Not being able to joke with co-workers or seeing them on a day-to-day basis.
Tell us about your new “coworkers,” whether they’re children, pets, roommates, etc.
I have a small dog, Buddy, who is a terrier mix of some sort that has been home with us. I also have an engineer-in-training, my son, Asher.
How are you staying connected to your coworkers?
The Pittsburgh office has weekly calls where we have a “Name that Pittsburgh staff member.” It keeps people connected. I also email and call people frequently.
What’s the first thing you want to do when you return to the office?
Talk with my co-workers!