Working from Home

Working from Home

Working from Home? 

Here’s what we have learnt.

PF+A have always embraced flexible ways of working but at our heart we are a collaborative organisation where good communication is fundamental to our creative process.

Ordinarily we enjoy working in a studio environment where we can share information and learn from each other. Our office is still open as usual but since the outbreak of COVID-19 half of us are working from home and we are learning how to collaborate remotely.

As designers of happy offices, we wanted to share our top-tips for those working from home and keeping yourself happy and productive.


Get together every morning

PF+A do a virtual huddle first thing every morning connecting the office with those working remotely. It only takes ten minutes to run through what everyone is working on and it keeps everyone feeling supported and connected. With restricted social interaction it is important to maintain the health and morale of the organisation by listening and communicating together.


Locate your workstation

Find an area that you can be productive and separate from your private life (I am working in the dining area that breaks off from the main living zone). Choose somewhere with an opening window and good light but not excessive sunlight that would cause glare. Perhaps this is an opportunity to de-clutter and provide some space for some flowers.


Get some air

Working from home is a great opportunity to have uninterrupted time without the distractions of a shared office but it potentially means you don’t leave the house all day. Use this opportunity to have a proper lunch break, get out the house and get the fresh air. Whilst we are mindful of the need to avoid getting distracted by household chores these tasks can have there uses. Folding the linen or chopping some carrots can be quite meditative and give you a fresh insight into a problem that you had been contemplating all morning.

Keep communicating

In an ideal world you already have a remote working strategy and a cloud-based VPN where you can mirror you work screen at home. If you are a smaller organisation without an advanced, IT system you can still use Google docs to share files for collaborative working and have conference calls on your phone or use other collaborative software like Slack. Pick up the phone to talk to colleagues, rather than email or text and if necessary, allocate time slots for phone calls. Lastly let everyone know when you have completed a piece of work which keeps everyone informed and gives you a sense of achievement.

Look after your family

It can be difficult working from home in amongst other members of the family. Take this time to show family members what it is you actually do at work and give them perspective on your job. Explain the situation to children and plan ahead if you need time without disturbance. It can be stressful dealing with the disruption to our working life and all the distractions in the global media and work will still need to be done but our priority must be to look after our family and stay happy and healthy.



Guernsey Studio

Guelles Court
Guelles Lane
St Peter Port

9am - 5:30pm   |   01481 712633

Jersey Studio

12 Britannia Place
Bath Street
St Helier

9am - 5:30pm   |   01534 767950

Chloe Whitmore


T: 01481 712633

Chloe is the first point of contact in the Guernsey studio. She has moved from a career of more than 20 years in the legal profession to managing a creative environment and its people - a welcome change for her! Her experience and legal background are a great asset for the Group.

Ollie Muston MCIAT


T: 01481 712633

Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

Now with a total of 21 years’ experience within the industry, his expansive knowledge not only covers all areas of a very vast field, but includes all aspects of a project from inception right through to the final handover of a completed project; which, for Oliver is the most rewarding experience. 

Oliver’s exceptional wealth of knowledge has lead him to gain his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and was formally invited to become an Interview Assessor for the Institute in 2015, a position limited to only a small number and in which someone can only be invited by the Institute.  Oliver completed the necessary assessor training a few months later.  

Ever striving to continue growing and expanding his professional knowledge, Oliver is a driven member of PF+A and one of the top in his field. With his professional yet friendly approachable nature he is an individual able to facilitate and communicate to clients, contractors, sub-contractors and other third parties to ensure that a project is always the best it can be.  Internally an exceptional trainer to the less experienced members of the team with an ease of teaching methods to ensure an unseamingly level of continuity for their development.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys spending time with his young family of three daughters, experiencing travelling and cultural diversity and of course Guernsey’s beautiful outdoor environment.