Meet Saga’s latest recruits – of the four-legged and feathered variety!

Our staff surveys always reveal that one of the best things about working at Saga (other than our customers, of course!) is the people we work with. The close-knit teams and in-office colleague camaraderie disappeared overnight when we all started working from home in March. But, the Saga spirit wasn’t diminished for long – and we’ve acquired some more workmates along the way!

When the coronavirus lockdown began, and it became apparent office working was no longer possible, Saga colleagues were ready to make the transition. Within just a week or two, Saga
was running as normal from thousands of homes across the south-east and indeed the country. The ingenuity of Saga’s workforce should never be underestimated when it comes to team spirit though, and before long there were virtual ‘pub’ quizzes, lunchtime meetups and coffee breaks.

Meetings have always played a big part in our day-to-day office life and these carried on once we were all working from home with video-conferencing calls. These meetings were, and are, vital in maintaining a sense of community and feeling connected to our colleagues. However, these video cameras not only transmit our faces, they can also give captivating glimpses into our workmates’ homes – and the others that live there too!

Kim Nichol says, “Rio quite often joins me while I work, either observing from the ‘comfort’ of my monitor, sitting on my head or, as you can see in the picture, ‘assisting’ me with my day-to-day duties! He even sat in on a team quiz we had on Zoom a few weeks ago! And when he’s not helping out, he keeps me entertained by serenading me, (his favourites being ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ or the themes to ‘The A-Team’ and ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’!) or simply just chatting away, asking for a biscuit about twenty times a day!”

Dawn Atkins introduced this cutie to the Saga workforce, “This is Poppy – she's my wet weather buddy today. She’s always next to me when I'm working from home – hoping for fuss and snacks mostly!”

One very happy cat had not one, but two Saga colleagues to supervise! Janice Broadstock and Jon Longhurst’s aged cat Polly was spoilt for choice for meetings to hijack and keyboards to sit on! “Polly loved us being at home and, as his name suggests, liked nothing more than sitting on our shoulders, watching our screens. He ran out of his nine lives a couple of months ago, so it was great to have all this extra time with him which we wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Rachel Bennett’s new arrival has made quite an impression! “Bam Bam is my lockdown puppy. I’d wanted a dog for a long time, but as a commuter this just wasn’t possible. This new way of working enabled me to give a dog the time it needs. I struggled a little during lockdown, and I missed my work friends – but getting Bam Bam is one of the best things I’ve ever done. He’s turned my world upside down and just made it so much better.

Bam Bam loves getting involved in all my meetings and doesn’t know life any other way. He loves the attention! He’s even attended real-life team meetings. Colleagues ask for regular pup dates and often ask where Bam Bam is if he’s sleeping and like to see him.”


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