Our next day in the life post is with Lydia Neil, office and facilities manager who works in the Brighton office. Here she talks about what she gets up to on a daily basis.
Tell us a bit about your background before Diversified
I worked in PR and Sales for a local Brighton company, before moving on to help create the Brighton Big Screen (Brighton’s out door cinema on the beach). I have an events background which made me later join Diversified.
How do you get to work in the morning?
I’m am very fortunate enough to walk 20 minutes to work. If the weather is good, I walk along Brighton sea front.
Is there such a thing as a typical day for you? If so, what’s it like?
The one thing I love about my job is that there is no typical day for me. When I arrive in the morning I answer emails and check the office is in full working order. Most of the time things come up which need my immediate attention, so juggling is a huge part of my role.
I also put together a monthly newsletter called ‘DivChat’ which includes company-wide and social updates all to do with Diversified UK. I am fortunate enough to be allowed to put my own spin on it and make the language fun and informal, so it’s been a good little project for me.
What do you do for lunch?
We are spoilt for choice for food where our office is situated so there is so much choice. However, I do usually go for the classic sandwich option from the £2 place round the corner.
What’s the best part of your Job?
The best part of my job is that my team is everyone in the office, so I have the pleasure of working with different people on a daily basis. I have also worked at a few of the trade shows we run in the three years that I have been at Diversified, manning the organisers office on site. This is always exciting because it’s a much more intense version of my normal job, mixed with the fun of being away with everyone. It’s interesting to see an event come together and watch how well the team pulls together after a year of organising.
What’s the most challenging aspect of the role?
The most challenging aspect of the role is prioritising what’s important and keeping very organised. Crisis management is definitely up there with the most challenging parts of my job, because it has a knock on effect with everyone. One time the whole heating in the office broke down, which was a huge crisis, because you’re dealing with peoples livelihoods at the end of the day. Luckily this was for a relatively short period of time.
What’s the best thing about working at Diversified?
The people and the culture of the office. We are very much ‘work hard, play hard’ team which is great fun to work with.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
My interests are mainly involved around music. I love live music and discovering new bands.
Are you an early riser or a night owl?
I would say I’m better in the mornings.
Favourite place in the world and why?
Columbia, because it’s the most beautiful place I have every been.