Ready, Set, Work from home…..

In the coming weeks it’s more likely that some employees will be asked to work from due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This can be the first time your business has put these measures in place and therefore new territory for all. Here are our hints and tips for you to consider during this transition.

1. Still prepare to go to work

Still carry out your normal getting ready for work routine, this psychologically helps you prepare for a day of work, sitting in your PJ’s might not be a good look for a video conference call.

Have some background music on but try and avoid continued updates from the news and what is happening regarding the COVID-19 outbreak as this could cause worry and panic.

2. Set clear expectations

Working your normal work hours will ensure your business knows that you are available, and you are still managing your work life balance.

Make sure you plan in regular breaks and get up from your desk and move around just like you would if you where in the office.

Find a suitable workspace in the house to minimise disruptions, especially if other members of the family are at home. You can do a self-check on your work space using the NHS guidance at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-sit-correctly/

Have a list of what you plan to achieve that day as this will give you a sense of satisfaction when you start to tick off completed activities.

3. Getting out and about

Just because you are working from home does not mean you can’t go outside. Going for a short walk can clear the mind and undo any mental blocks and help regain your focus. If you are in isolation than you can still go for a walk however avoid close contact with others, see the government guidelines for further information on this.

4. It is good to talk

Agree the ways in which you are communicating with your team.  Nobody wants you to be over communicating and sending more time checking in than working but its also important not to feel isolated.

Avoid too many ‘catch ups’ via emails, use video or call conferencing to keep in contact, interaction is very important to share ideas and keeps us stimulated.

Having a daily call with team is a good way of checking in and seeing who needs any support on work activities and finding out how everyone is feeling.

There are many video conferencing tools such a TEAMS in Microsoft Office which can be accessed is you use Office 365 or Zoom.  Find out which tool your business is using and get yourself familiar with it.

5. Your Mental Wellbeing

If you need support don’t be afraid to ask for it, looking after your mental wellbeing is critically important as this can also impact you physically. In times like this we all need to work together to support each other and continue to maintain our wellbeing.

Look after yourself and set aside time to prioritise self-care – find some simple self-care tips here. https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/resources/address-your-stress/self-care.pdf

For information about mental health and coronavirus visit: – Mental Health Foundation’s https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

If you’re feeling anxious or isolated, remember that support is out there.

Give us a call if you would like to speak to one of our MHFA instructors to discuss how you can support your employees to maintain their well-being. 01422 897152.

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