MAY 28, 2020
There’s a blend of optimism and pragmatism right now, as we plan a phased return to the Squid Tank. We, of course, remain cautious, with the team’s wellbeing at the heart of everything, so we’re working together to create some new ways of working for both our Squids and our clients.
Over June, we’ll start to prep the studio and create some space. Digital-first is here to stay, but we’re looking to build more flexibility in how people work, albeit with some serious restrictions of movements in the studio from July onwards. With some rotation, flexible working and a lot of wipes and cleaning products, voices and music will again be heard from 25a Copperfield Street before the end of the summer.
In the US, it’s going to be different for a while longer. The team will stay in the UK for now, but with all the tools and platforms bedded in, the US flag is flying again – though virtually (for now).
Like so many other companies, it’s been hard for everyone involved to stay connected while we have some people on furlough, however some of the furlough Squids are helping out with Rethink The Rainbow, a collaboration between 50 authors.
Rethink The Rainbow is a multimedia ebook that, through stories, narrations and videos, shines a light on children’s mental health, especially during these difficult times.
The team has come together to create a suite of social assets and content to tell their story, an awesome video, stings and a social media calendar. Plus a whole heap of other tips and support! The book is being released on Sunday, with all proceeds going to grassroots children’s charities.
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Take care. And stay safe.
The Pink Squid Team
MAY 04, 2020
We don’t need to say how different things have been during the past month. For us all, life has changed in so many ways, but we’ve used the time to adapt and evolve.
We’ve never had a fully virtual team or studio before, but we do now, and fuelled on by one another – on a shorter week (no Fridays for now!) and supported by our furloughed squids – our relationships with each other and our clients have never been stronger.
So we go into May determined, focused on helping our clients, supporting our suppliers, and staying connected.
We’ve been putting some of our time into other things too. Thinking differently about what we do. Bringing ideas to life in new and exciting ways. Planning for our next steps in the US.
If you’ve not seen it, take a look below at how we said thank you to our key workers and the people who are keeping the world safer, and moving.
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The Pink Squid Team
APRIL 02, 2020
From Monday 6th April, we will be looking to flex our working hours and resources within the studio to help sustain the team during this lockdown.
This means we will be running with a reduced team over a four-day week, Monday to Thursday.
We are working with our clients and suppliers to make this happen, and appreciate everyone’s continued support and efforts throughout these unprecedented times.
MARCH 25, 2020
The whole team moved to remote working last week. Ahead of that we’d introduced a digital-first meeting approach and flexible working. We’re pleased to say all of the team are well, and although the new ways of working have distanced us physically, the team are in good spirits and looking after one another’s wellbeing.
We’re working hard to minimise the impact for our other clients across the virtual studio. Being a digital first agency, we’ve seen little impact in our ways of working, primarily due to how every one of the team has reacted to the situation.
Understandably, we’re seeing our client’s priorities change, but it’s great that so many have continued with their commitments. We’re working with them to design and position both their people and candidate comms through this challenging time.
We’re fully aware of the hardships some of our suppliers are facing right now. Therefore, we have reassured all our suppliers that all of their invoices will be honoured and paid in full and on time.
We hope that you, colleagues, friends and family are all taking care during the current Covid-19 crisis.
The Pink Squid team