Embracing Flexibility: Where in the World is Metric?
Spending 9 to 5, Monday to Friday in a traditional office was once something we all did without really thinking about it. Many professions still require staff to be on site (including private and independent schools) – but marketing offers unique opportunities for flexibility, for employers who are willing to rethink a new normal and embrace new ways of working.
At Metric, we've not only adapted to this change but embraced it wholeheartedly. Our flexible work culture allows our team to work from anywhere, regardless of where they are physically located – and many of our team members have jumped at the chance to spread their wings and work from another location for a few days, weeks, or even months. Here are just a few of the adventures we’ve taken this year.
Erin - Tropical Getaway with her Parents
Erin's (human resources) remote work took her from snowy Winterpeg to Mexico, where she had the chance to spend some precious time with her parents.
I had the opportunity to work remotely from Mexico for some time this past winter. This unique experience allowed me to blend some vacation time with some remote work days and really make the most of my trip, without taking too much time off. I visited my parents – who spend two months there every winter – and it was fantastic to spend quality time with them without worrying about work.
Working in a tropical location like Mexico might seem challenging, but it was quite enjoyable. Knowing I had the flexibility to be there for two weeks made it feel like I wasn't missing out on anything. Metric's flexible working approach truly sets it apart.
Sam - Enjoying a Canadian Summer
During the summer, Sam (one of our project managers) took advantage of our remote work culture to explore Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Working from Vancouver Island was an incredible experience. My primary reason was to visit family and friends, as my boyfriend's family lives there. I love visiting BC – being surrounded by nature and the water and exploring the West Coast is rejuvenating. Working with west coast hours (7 am start and 3 pm finish) allowed me to keep up with work while making the most of my day, whether it was going to the beach, hiking, or enjoying other outdoor activities after work.
Kelly - Cherishing Time at the Family Cabin
Kelly knows the true value of work-life balance, especially when it means spending quality time at her family cabin in Ingolf, Ontario. For her, remote work isn't just about flexibility; it's about making the most of her summers.
Being able to work remotely at my cabin this summer has been a complete game changer for me and my family! Anyone from Winnipeg knows you need to enjoy summer while it's here, and having the flexibility to stay out at the lake with my family to enjoy the nice weather just makes working for Metric that much sweeter.
Matthew - Spending Time with his Son
Matthew (one of our project managers) embodies our core value of balance by cherishing the time he spends with his son. He had the opportunity to work remotely in Germany this summer, aligning work commitments with quality family moments.
I worked remotely in Germany this summer because my son lives there. The option to work remotely with Metric works out great for me because I have the ability to go visit and spend time with my son while not having to use any vacation or take any additional time off work.
The whole experience was great. When I work in Germany, I still work during Winnipeg office hours. This allows me to spend all day with my son doing activities before dropping him off in the late afternoon. From there, I start my work day – and during my lunch break, I will go visit him and say goodnight for the evening, then continue on with my work day. It's a great way to be able to spend time with my son and still get my work done. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to work remotely with Metric, which allows me to have this quality family time.
Samantha M - Exploring New Cities & Cuisines
To Samantha, our Marketing Specialist, working remotely means experiencing new cities and savouring delicious cuisine.
I love working remotely because it allows me to visit my friends and explore a new place for a longer amount of time. I like travelling slowly, so taking a week to explore a city – rather than a few days of vacation – is important to me. Metric has been great at being supportive about anywhere I choose to work.
This summer, I worked in both Montreal, Quebec and Victoria, British Columbia. I went to visit friends both times – but I was able to extend my stay in each place, because Metric gives me the flexibility to work wherever I want.
In Victoria, I chose to find different coffee shops to work out of (most of them had a view of the water!) so I could work and explore the city at the same time. I was not only able to get my work done but also check out new places, and try all sorts of delicious food and coffee at each place!
Then, I spent a week working in Montreal in September. I chose the route of working at coworking spaces in addition to coffee shops this time. I found a coworking space in Downtown Montreal called L'Anticafé (which translates to "anti-coffee shop") where for one set price, they would feed you and give you free specialty coffee all day. The wifi was free, the AC was lifesaving during the heat wave, and the people were so kind and welcoming. I was able to take my meetings in their quiet rooms and sit among their many plants and decor. One of my favourite parts about my trip was sitting in the coworking space and enjoying my surroundings. At the end of my work day, I was able to pack up and spend the evening exploring downtown. I'm so lucky that I'm able to take my work on the road with me.
Abi - Convenience and Wellness
Abi, our Marketing Strategist, values the convenience and wellness that come with her remote work routine, where she seamlessly combines work and self-care.
Sunflower Smoothie is one of my favorite cafes to work in year-round, but particularly on summer Fridays! The owner, Meg, also owns a yoga studio next door and offers 7:30 a.m. Friday yoga classes. I've made a little routine for myself by starting my Fridays with a yoga class and then heading next door for breakfast (not pictured, but also frequently devoured, are their toasts).
They have a super cozy atmosphere, with folks coming in and out throughout the morning to grab and go or sit with their laptops – it helps me feel like I'm working from some sort of an office (just with coworkers I've never met)! Around lunch, I'll head home (mostly to save my wallet from buying lunch, too) to finish my day from there.
At Metric, we understand that remote work isn't without its challenges, particularly when it comes to social interaction and career growth opportunities. That's why we've taken proactive steps to blend the best of all worlds.
Culture Days: Once a week, local Metric employees gather in our head office for in-person meetings, collaboration, and socializing. It's an opportunity to bridge the gap between remote work and face-to-face interaction.
Optional Workspace: Throughout the rest of the week, our office remains open for those who prefer a different work environment – providing both flexibility and choice.
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