Madison Cain

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Madison Cain

Madison Cain was a recent 2019 graduate with a BS in Economics and a BA in Chinese.  She is currently employed at Avery Dennison as an Early Career Program Operations Finance Analyst.

  • Has COVID affected your everyday work life? If so, how? COVID has definitely affected my day-to-day work life. I’ve been working from home since mid-March 2020, only having to go into the office a few times to perform physical inventories at production plants or grab paperwork. I feel like I have been attending fewer meetings throughout the week as smaller requests have shifted to email, which has made me feel much more productive during the day because I have more time to get things done. I also don’t have to commute an hour per day, which has allowed me to have more free time. Although I miss the dynamic of being in an office environment, I definitely feel more productive at home.
  • What are some ways this new way of life has benefited the way you look at your daily work operations? I think this new work structure has freed up my schedule and allowed me more time to complete my daily work. I think I benefit from this by being able to have more time to work on other projects during the day and also having even better work-life balance. It has also proven that working from home can be just as efficient, if not more, than working in the office.
  • Has doing more virtual meetings, etc, shown to be more beneficial to how you can be productive in your daily activities? I think virtual meetings have definitely helped improve my productivity during the day. I do not have to pick up all of my things and move around the office building to get from one meeting to the next, and find that virtual meetings are generally just more straight to the point. There’s a tradeoff, though, as I feel like I don’t get to connect with my coworkers as much anymore
  • Once COVID has slowed down do you think this will affect your future way of continuing to do your work? I am not positive what my company’s approach will be for returning to the workplace, but I think many functions within the business will continue to allow some form of working from home. I, personally, hope that I am able to continue working from home at least a few days per week going forward.
  • Has having an Eco degree benefited you during this time? I think having an Economics degree has helped me understand more of what has been happening within my industry (labels & packaging materials) over the past few months. The impact of the virus has significantly affected supply and demand over the past year, so it has been very interesting to see how my company reacts to all of the changes within the market.