Looking Back at 2020 & Preparing for 2021
2020 was a year of learning and many ups and downs. This year as we reflect and prepare, we asked our team about their 2020 highs and what they look forward to most in 2021.
Name a positive out of 2020 that you will carry forward.
Client Marketing Specialist
"This year didn't meet expectations in lots of ways; however, making lemonade out of lemons really can work. My family is learning to really enjoy lemonade, and as an added bonus, we've had lots of time to drink it together this year!"
CTO & Co-Founder
"The team did a great job working remotely—we'll support that trend in some manner moving forward."
Business Systems Analyst
"With everything shut down, I felt like I actually had a real summer for the first time since being out of school. Since we weren't running here and there for events and trips, my husband and I got so much quality time with our daughter by just going on walks and bike rides and playing in the pool at home. I'll be more selective about the commitments I make in the future to protect that family time because it was so precious, and she grows up too fast to miss it all."
Sr. Web Developer
"I finally perfected my home office setup. Well, the video camera is still a bit iffy, but the rest is just where I want it."
Marketing Brand Specialist
"If 2020 taught me anything within both my professional and personal life, it’s that patience pays off. When planning and writing content for our readers this year, we had to be very patient and always listening to their ever-changing needs as they came up. And on a more personal note, finding out in February that we were adding a new baby to our family and then spending the pregnancy and welcoming her to the world in these uncertain times definitely taught me patience... and resilience!"
CEO & Co-Founder
"Lots of family time. The extra focus on family this year only makes our relationships stronger."
Quality Assurance Analyst
"Versatility and strength—knowing we can get the job done from anywhere."
What surprised you the most about working remotely/working from home?
"How energized and focus I remained even with a fair amount of distractions."
"I really thought I would have a hard time adjusting, but it was easier than I thought. My work/home balance has been great. And my husband is also working from home, and we’re still happily married, so that’s a plus."
"How much I would miss seeing my work family every day."
"How much you miss by not having organic conversations in the office. Realizing you can't stop someone and say, "Hey, do you have a second about ...?" How much those somewhat insignificant conversations help a work culture."
"How much we all get done - still doing it well!"
What are you looking forward to the most in 2021?
Marketing Campaign Specialist
"Going on a vacation, a real one, out of my house."
"Growing more in my role and being able to help out my team even more."
"Hopefully going on a honeymoon, but more so finishing up some renovations my husband and I have started on our first home together."
"I miss seeing my co-workers regularly! I hope 2021 brings more in-person meetings, Chili cookoffs, tailgating, and chit chat around the coffee pot!!"
"Playing in my gardens (veggie and flower) once the good weather returns!"
Marketing Content Specialist
"Trying new things. My goal for 2020 was to focus on myself and be true to my person. Now, in 2021, I can take all of that learning and start to apply it by getting out and experiencing something new. Maybe I'll build a boat."
VP of Sales & Marketing
"Being able to be in the same room with my team."
What's your favorite thing about being a Member of The Bloc?
VP of Client Success
"We're a work family! Everyone genuinely cares about each other."
"Our culture. We have the most incredible leadership and team!"
"How much everyone treats each other like actual humans and not just worker bees."
"I love everyone I work with, and with everything that happened this year, we all worked together to adapt and keep giving our agencies the high level of service we are so proud of."
"Having an incredible group of teammates who love to serve our clients."
"The company culture is amazing. We all care about and for each other. We all care about our clients and delivering the best solutions to them."
"Our collective ability to face and overcome challenges without breaking stride. We're a pretty tenacious bunch."
What would you say to future Members of The Bloc?
"This is what a real work family looks like."
"If you're looking for a great team to be a member of and you have a passion for doing things right, come on over!"
"Let go of any of the baggage you bring from past work experiences and settle into the peace as this company really is as wonderful as it seems. "
"Embrace a "we" mindset on all projects so focus can be kept on making sure our clients have the best tools to help them grow, thus keeping them loving AgencyBloc."
"Take it all in. There is so much to learn from so many people."
"You'll be glad you joined the team. Be curious, brace for excellence, and have fun."
What are you personally most proud of from 2020? What exciting adventures are ahead in 2021, both personally and professionally?
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