February 18, 2021

Orchard’s culture fix #2

Orchard’s culture fix #2

Following a chilly week in the Crown Dependencies, which even saw some snow, our team has been staying indoors and listening, reading and watching the latest binge-worthy podcasts, books and series.

Harriet shares with us her favourite podcast which reflects on the changing landscape of the world since the pandemic, Chris has finished reading The Humans by Matt Haig which he received at the Orchard PR Christmas party and Francesca is convincing us all to watch Married at First Sight Australia.

What our Account Director Harriet is listening to

Name: Eat Sleep Work

Where: Apple podcasts, Acast, Spotify

Why you should listen: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every area of our lives, including work. Working from home and Zoom meetings have become the norm and there is no doubt that the way we have had to adapt will impact the working world.

Eat Sleep Work Repeat is a podcast about happiness and work culture. Bruce Daisley, a bestselling author, technology leader and respected thought leader on the future of work, interviews psychologists, neuroscientists and workplace experts to understand how we can improve our working lives. The podcast explores a range of topics from building resilience and the importance of rest to understanding burnout and the value of having an office. It’s the perfect podcast to help navigate the changing working world and discusses some of the hard questions about work we’re all asking as a result of the pandemic.

What our Account Executive Chris is reading 

Name: The Humans

Who: Matt Haig

Why you should read: Humanity is a difficult thing to describe. There are so many unwritten rules about the way, how and why we live which The Humans superbly explores. Simply put, The Humans is a love story – but not your traditional love story. Matt Haig, who’s a best-selling author, somehow manages to metaphorically, and literally, write about the ‘unwritten’ rules of love and humanity. Without giving away too many spoilers, this book follows an extraterrestrial visiting earth for the first time who is delegated with a secret mission, however as he spends time on earth, he soon begins to learn more about ‘the humans’ than he ever expected. As a novice book reader, it’s fair to say this was a great book to re-ignite my interest. Not only is it an entertaining read, but it also makes you appreciate the world in a different way and is a perfect distraction during lockdown.

What our Account Executive Francesca is watching

Name: Married at first sight Australia

Where: Every week night at 7:30pm on Channel 4 or watch all episodes on All 4

Why you should watch: Move over Love Island, there’s a new totally binge-worthy reality show in town. Think less ‘cultured’ and more ‘guilty pleasure’ for this one. Married at First Sight Australia does exactly what it says on the tin. Watch as 10 men and 10 women are matched by relationship experts and embark on the turbulent journey of being married at first sight. Yep, that’s right, they meet for the first time at the altar. The couples then try to navigate the joys, pressures and challenges of new married life as they are accelerated through the stages of a relationship– a wedding, honeymoon, moving in together, meeting the family and interacting with the other couples, which in itself brings some drama. It’s an emotional roller-coaster to watch as you analyse their behaviours, personalities, flaws and triumphs. But ultimately, you are left to debate whether it’s possible for the ‘perfect match’ to be tailor picked by experts or if there’s so much more to love and attraction than we could ever fully understand.


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