Thought Leadership

Quarantine Q & A: Joy Lin & Brady Lynch

May 22, 2020

As Covid-19 has altered the way people in our company work for the time being, we’re curious how some of our employees are handling their quarantine.  

Joy Lin

What is your name?

Joy Lin

What do you do at Telaria/Rubicon Project?

I’m a technical account manager for DSPs. Basically, I help with anything technical that our DSPs need and I love it.

How are you doing with the quarantine?

I can’t wait for it to be over! It would be a relief to eat out, hang out with my family, and finally meet my best friend’s baby.

What adjustments have you made to your work life?

I work over a longer time frame, with more intense work sessions and more breaks. 

What gets you going in the morning?

I make myself some milk tea (with boba if I have time). I’ve been experimenting with different teas, sweeteners, and creamers so it’s always special.

Do you have some productivity tips for working from home?

Plan something fun at the end of the workday, whether it’s a date night, a relaxing bubble bath, or winding down with a favorite TV show. That way you have something to look forward to!

What are the best things you’ve experienced during this situation?

I’ve gotten closer to folks in other offices, including my new Telarian friends. Since we’re all on Slack, there’s no bias towards chatting in-person with your office-mates. Also, I joined NewCo trivia which was super fun – did you know giraffes don’t have vocal cords?

How are you keeping in touch with friends and family?

We try to talk or text every other day. I started having weekly video calls with my girlfriends to hear how everyone is doing. One is a new mom, another is planning a wedding, and we all are working professionals so there is always lots to talk about.

What is your favorite recipe you’ve concocted out of things lying around the house?

Egg tarts! There are only a few ingredients (eggs, sugar, flour, and milk), but it’s very difficult to get right. I’m still trying to perfect it.

What are you doing to stay occupied outside of work hours?

Visiting different parks, beaches, and trails wherever they are open. I’m a former geologist so I’m definitely an outdoors nature person.

How are you staying active during this situation? Are there any exercise videos or tips you recommend?

I am embarrassed to admit that I had not been on a bike in the last five years. But now, I am exploring the bike paths in Orange County. It’s fun, a good workout, and I plan to continue after the quarantine is over.

What TV shows, movies, or books do you recommend?

I try to support the Asian community when I can, so if there’s an Asian lead, I’ll generally give it a try. The 1.5 or second generation TV shows (e.g. Always Be My Maybe, Kim’s Convenience, Never Have I Ever) resonate the most with me.

When all this is over, how will you celebrate?

With my manager’s approval, have a family reunion in Taiwan. It’s a beautiful island with delicious food and where all of my extended family live. I’d love to coordinate the flight over there with the bachelorette party in Hawaii that my friend had to postpone.

As Covid-19 has altered the way people in our company work for the time being, we’re curious how some of our employees are handling their quarantine.  

Brady Lynch

What is your name?

Brady Lynch

What do you do at Telaria/Rubicon Project?

I’m the executive assistant to 6 folks!

How are you doing with the quarantine?

That’s a tricky question to answer. Obviously, some days are better than others. I’m currently quarantining in my 2 bedroom apartment in New York City. My roommate went home to his family, so I’m all by myself (well, unless you count the house plants)! Some days I feel really motivated to do things — like baking, cooking, cleaning — and I feel so accomplished. Others, it’s a struggle to even wake up. So, I’m really working on being kind to myself and letting go of some of the perfectionistic tendencies I have. So far, though, it’s not terrible, and I’m enjoying reconnecting with people in new ways.

What adjustments have you made to your work life?

Structuring my time has been the biggest thing. And making sure that I’m reaching out and supporting the folks that I work with. This means more slacking and emails, and sometimes a quick call to just catch up rather than swinging by a desk and just checking in. A lot of my job is about organizing people’s lives, and that’s hard to do from a distance. But, I think it’s going well so far!

What gets you going in the morning?

I listen to BBC Radio 2 every morning (I lived in England on and off for about 2 years), and they play some funky music. It helps me wake up and start my day. That, and a cup of tea while I check my emails. I don’t drink coffee, so that’s my caffeine kick.

Do you have some productivity tips for working from home?

I need background noise, so I’ve started keeping the radio going in my kitchen, I’ve also made sure to take breaks and rest my eyes from my screen, otherwise I get terrible headaches! And I’ve always been a list maker, so doing that every day has been helpful. I’ve also worn jeans every day so that I don’t stay in pajamas all day! That and making my bed every morning stop me from going back to bed!

What are the best things you’ve experienced during this situation?

I recently made friends with two girls who I live across the street from during the 7PM clapping here in NYC. It started as simple waves and asking how each other were. And then, they took a video of me singing “New York, New York” from my fire escape and we finally connected via social media (where it had gone viral in my hood)! We’ve been messaging each other and checking in daily. And, of course, clapping every night!

How are you keeping in touch with friends and family?

LOADS of FaceTiming- I’ve been catching up with old friends and keeping in touch with the current batch! We play trivia, watch TV shows together, and have some good laughs. And I’ve started writing letters to friends and family, so I’ve got a few new pen pals. If you’d like a letter, let me know! I’ve got a bunch of fun cards and other stationary, plus I’m single handedly trying to save USPS. It’s a nice way to document this weirdness for sure and get a nice surprise in the mailbox.

What is your favorite recipe you’ve concocted out of things lying around the house?

I’ve always liked baking and cooking, but I think I’ve been getting more creative for sure. I made Peanut Butter Cookies for the first time because I actually had everything in the house! Otherwise, it’s a weird stir fry situation out of frozen veggies and left over chicken!

What are you doing to stay occupied outside of work hours?

Bread baking, cooking, reading, diamond painting (Google it). I’ve also been trying to take one night a week totally unplugged from my phone and computer. I’ll watch TV or read… but the time away is so refreshing and it actually helps my sleep schedule! I always feel my best the next day.

How are you staying active during this situation? Are there any exercise videos or tips you recommend?

Oh dear- this has been a struggle for me! I used to work out at OrangeTheory 2-3 times a week and I haven’t done anything more than yoga honestly. Unless you count walking up and down the stairs of my apartment building (I live on the fourth floor with no elevator!).

What TV shows, movies, or books do you recommend?

TV Shows: Unorthodox, What We Do in the Shadows, Bones (rewatching an old favorite)
Movies: JoJo Rabbit!
Books: Writers and Lovers, The Guest List, The Woman in Cabin 10, City of Girls

When all this is over, how will you celebrate?

Oh wow, is it bad I haven’t even thought that far ahead?! I’m really trying to take this one day at a time. But, when it’s all done, I can’t wait to just go and sit at a bar and order drinks and food. And then, obviously, see every person I haven’t seen since March 15th! Oh! And hopefully travel! I was meant to go to Japan for my birthday in March, but that obviously didn’t happen. So, I guess I do have a lot of post quarantine plans!

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