Health, well-being and working from home

Working from home. It’s a new concept for many in these unprecedented times. Afterall, how do you tell the kids, “No, I don’t want to superglue my hand to yours”, all whilst attempting to get some work done. With social distancing introduced, only being allowed out once a day and many makeshift offices, how do we get through this pandemic successfully with our mental health, well-being and families in tack?

As we touched on above, working from home can be a challenge for parents. Managers must be aware of these difficulties. HSE management standards point to ‘role conflict’ as a significant driver of workplace stress. Parents are at risk of this now!

We’ve put together key ways employees and employers can work together to achieve and maintain a good work-life balance during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

4 ways to improve health, wellbeing and working from home. 

  1. Understand individual circumstances

An employer’s duty of care to an employee’s well-being remains. So understanding an individual’s circumstances is essential to making working from home achievable. Accepting flexi working will reduce an ‘Always on mentality’. 

Think ahead employers. Conducting physical and psychological risk assessments of home workplaces will improve employee well-being. Few will be doing this. Set aside some time to look into a DSE workstation. This will aid setting up a designated workspace. We know the majority of households have more than one person working from home – So minimise distractions. 

Create a routine that works for you. It’s easy to be ‘always on’ when you’re newly working from home. Make sure you switch off to avoid burnout. Something as simple as getting dressed to distinguish between work life and home life will help elevate your productivity. 

  1. Reduce mental overload and introduce clarity

When a priority list is given, policies are already in play and processes are clearly driven, communication becomes streamlined. Working from home needs to be simplified. 

Ensure all employees have all of the technology required to work from home. This also means relevant training of using the new systems and equipment. Stick to one or two key systems such as Zoom to remove system overload. 

  1. Create a sense of community 

Reach out and help reduce isolation felt by many whilst working from home. This must include checking in with furloughed and newly redundant employees. It’s your duty of care towards them! Increase access to support and foster relationships. 

Increase updates and social connections. Pick up the phone and speak to someone you wouldn’t usually talk to. Staying in touch can boost morale, reduce levels of stress and keep a sense of community. 

  1. Reflect on the changes 

Working from home is one big test for all who are new to the idea. Learn from your mistakes and carry them forward to improve new ideas, responses and communications. Invest time into seeking feedback, send out quizzes, surveys or maybe just ask the questions ‘do you think this is working’ at the end of your next catch up call. 

Overall, support one and other. Speak out. Assist your manager, colleague, friend or relative. Make remote working work for you and enjoy the perks – No matter how great or small.

If this raises questions for you, as always please feel free to get in touch with the Cluer HR team on 01386 751740 or email [email protected].

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