Meet the Team: Office Manager

For this ‘Meet the Team’ blog series, we introduce you to Lisa Stabb.  Lisa has been with Bayston Group for the last 18 months, and we don’t know what we would do without her! Her organisational skills are next level, and she’s always a step ahead. She keeps everything ticking over with wit and humour (even the occasional practical joke). Office Manager doesn’t do her justice; we prefer to call her Mission Control.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Melbourne. I am married to my wonderful husband, Troy. We have two children together, and our loving dog, Jäger.

What about spare time?

While in lockdown, I’ve taken up a few hobbies, such as garden art, drawing, and painting.  My focus in painting has been on Australian animals in particular birds. A unique technique that I use is mixing acrylics and water-colour and going over the top of the images with posca highlight pens.

Where did you work before Bayston Group?

I have over 20 years of administrative and customer service experience, with specialised knowledge in property transactions. Immediately before Bayston Group, I worked in a medium-sized law firm. My role was mainly property lodgements and settlements. I played a significant role in phasing-out the traditional paper-based system to PEXA, an online platform that facilitates electronic property exchange and registration. Part of my role consisted of training law graduates and principal lawyers, and support staff. This was quite daunting initially, but it prepared me for my role at Bayston Group, a near-paperless law firm.  

Reflecting on the paper-based system, I would say that documents could cross more people’s desks for review, but with proper organisation of electronic documents, a cloud-based system is far superior. Documents are easier to locate, seamless when sharing information, and difficult to lose.  

I’ve seen the legal landscape change extensively during my career, and the rate of change is only increasing. It is an exciting time to work in legal service, and I’m delighted to work for a New Law firm like Bayston Group who is looking forward to the future.

What do you love about Bayston Group?

Bayston Group is all about teamwork, and I love that. Leisa and Al are very inclusive and always strive to bring out the best in people. They embrace flexible ways of working and even let you bring your dog to the office! See Jäger keeping an eye on things below!

How is working from home during COVID?

Some team members already worked remotely, so we were well set up to adjust from an office setting to working from home.  Leisa and Al have always been focused on using technology to run a flexible workplace, so where possible, Bayston Group is in the cloud. We use Trello Boards and Slack to communicate as a team. Our weekly work catch-ups incorporate a wellness check for everyone, which has been greatly needed and appreciated. 

Personally, the great thing about working from home is that I have more time, which would definitely have to be my most valuable commodity. I have more time to do things like exercising, home improvement, and pouring into my creative side. On a personal level, though, I do miss spending time with our extended family and travelling. 

Working from home has also allowed me to be more active with the kids and home learning. I’ve been able to get to know the teachers a lot better and see them in action. Their teaching techniques and strategies are amazing, and the time they invest in our children is invaluable.  

What are you looking forward to when work-life gets back to normal?

It will be great to see people face to face again and having some fun. We have some tentative plans for the Christmas party already (provided the restrictions allow it!). Last year we all completed two coffee modules, Latte Art & Train the Senses, with our valued client, Veneziano Coffee, followed by lunch at their Cafe and drinks at Terminus Hotel.