Thought Leadership

Quarantine Q&A: How Some of Our Americas Employees Are Adapting

March 27, 2020
By Rubicon Project

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.  We spoke with employees in the Americas, Mariana Meinberg, Buyer Account Director, LATAM, and Peter Trondsen, Lead Desktop Support Specialist, to find out how they are doing, what’s keeping them sane, and to discover any tips they have for getting through this trying time.  

MARIANA MEINBERG

What is your name?

Mariana Meinberg

What do you do at Rubicon Project?

Buyer Account Director – in charge of LATAM buyer relationships. 

How are you doing with the quarantine?

I’m trying to keep in virtual touch with Buyers as much as possible through WhatsApp messages, emails, and calls. 

What adjustments have you made to your work life?

I temporarily moved to my country house outside of Sao Paulo so my kids can be less locked, breathe some fresh air, and enjoy nature.

What gets you going in the morning?

The hope everything will get better, people will rethink their priorities, and everyone will be more concerned with the collective.

Do you have some productivity tips for working from home?

Do not think that you will reproduce your routine as you did at the office, it is impossible. Take your time to find your new way of working. Try not to feel guilty, this is bigger than you. 

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

Although it is super time consuming, homeschooling with my kids is probably something I would never have experienced if we did not have this situation. For a short time it is priceless. I’m pretty sure I will have good memories from this time together.

How are you keeping in touch with friends and family? 

Facetime, WhatsApp, and HouseParty – sometimes I feel we are somehow closer than ever.

How are you staying active during this situation? 

Exercising (biking and jogging). Everyday I do not exercise, I regret it a lot.  I need to let my energy go in order to feel emotionally well.

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

Any ones that make you laugh. Let’s make these moments better.

When all this is over, how will you celebrate?

Anyone who knows me knows this answer: I will party with friends and family all together! Maybe with a big Brazilian Barbecue!

PETER TRONDSEN

What is your name? 

Pete Trondsen

What do you do at Rubicon Project? 

Lead Desktop Support Specialist (NYC IT)

How are you doing with the quarantine? 

I’m good, staying positive. It’s been giving me time to work on my apartment with cleaning, etc. I set up a home office area and am cooking more, plus doing laundry too.

What adjustments have you made to your work life? 

Well, setting up a good work space was the first step. I’ve been trying to do the things I normally do on a daily basis:  wake up on time, take a shower, and go to my “office,” which is currently the dining room of my apartment. Then, I close myself off from the rest of my apartment, and focus on my work.  I use my work computer until about 5-6pm and switch back to my personal computer. It’s important to me to keep life as normal as it can be and maintain the change between work and home life. I’ve also been working on technical exercises and scripts.

What gets you going in the morning? 

COFFEE!! I also set my alarm!
Doing my normal morning routine is important to me.

Do you have some productivity tips for working from home? 

Yes! Set up a separate space for work, engage in your daily routine, start work at your normal time, and take a break to exercise or go to the store. Just don’t abuse the 1 hour lunch break (too much).

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

I’m cooking more and keeping the apartment cleaner and organized. I’m also staying in touch with family and friends.

How are you keeping in touch with friends and family? 

Primarily through Facebook, LinkedIn, Slack, and texting. I contact my direct family a couple of times a week, and have regular chats with friends.

What is your favorite recipe you’ve concocted out of things lying around the house?
Well, I’ve been making this amazing steak and vegetables dish that I found online, and modified to an extent. Not all the ingredients are lying around, but it’s an awesome recipe. I’ve made it a few times for my brother (who’s also my roommate) and myself.

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

I’ve been doing some tech clean up around the apartment. I have a stereo and TV, so I cleaned a lot of dust and wires. I’ve been doing some drawing, streaming videos, and may even start up the old Playstation 4, which I haven’t played in a while. 

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

That’s a great question, I’ve been really wanting to ride my bike. I’m fairly lazy, so I need to get on it! I do subscribe to MyFitnessPal, and they demonstrate exercises you can do at home, and have an iOS app. 

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

I like the shows on Apple TV+, they have brought back a series called Amazing Stories, which is great, as well as other series. Phish had a free stream on Tuesday night, which was fun. I just finished a series called “Hunters” on Amazon. There have been a lot of 80’s movies on regular TV lately, like “Sixteen Candles.” The 80’s are a classic decade for comedy, and comedy is good during a pandemic. 

As far as books, I’ve been reading “Small Fry”, which is a book by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Steve Job’s daughter). The book goes into the details of her childhood and how it took Steve some time to come around to admit she was his daughter.

When all this is over, how will you celebrate? 

I’m having a keg party and you’re all invited.

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