The Coronavirus Outbreak has led to sweeping changes in the way we live our daily lives, and with this adjustment, come a series of new hurdles that need to be overcome. In this series of videos we’re focusing on how you can make the most of isolation and keep any eye on your mental health and wellbeing.
In episode one, Dan talks about working from home and the things you can do to make the experience more manageable, while maintaining that social connection to colleagues and friends.
Watch the video below:
Structuring your day:
- Have a designated work area, it’ll help keep you productive and keep a routine.
- Mimic the breaks and down-time you’d have during your normal work day. Make use of open spaces.
- Stay social, rely on technology to keep that community elements. Here are some tools you can use:
Skype is a popular video platform that makes it easy to share face-to-face communication. It also has in built screen sharing so it’s a good way to collaborate on work.
Yammer is a social network for the workplace. It’s part of the Microsoft range of products so it integrates well with other office products, making work sharing easy.
WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging platforms in the world meaning most people already have it installed on their phones and other devices. If you need a video chat or even a group video chat, WhatsApp Video is a simple way to go and it’s very secure and reliable.
Somewhere between a social network and a work management tool, Facebook Workplace allows creative and structured collaboration on projects, that includes a social element.
Slack is a ‘channel’ based project management tool that makes it easy to share information and maintain good communication when working remotely. Each channel can have different users, making it easy to only include work colleagues in the things that they’re working on.
Zoom is a great video platform for work meetings/conferences. You can screen share and record the conversation for reviewing at a later date.
- Offer increased support to those with children who are supporting a home based curriculum on top of their normal work duties.
- Set goals and stick to them. Those in larger organisations will likely still have tasks being passed down to them and structure shouldn’t change too much. Organisations not used to working remotely will need an adjustment period; support your staff. As an employee, be proactive and helpful, if you’re not sure what you need to be doing, reach out and ask, be sure to get regular feedback.
- Be aware of burnout and as much as possible, try to stick to your normal work hours. With the kids at home, it may be easier to work later in the evenings, but ensure you’re still separating your work time from your home time.
We’ll be back soon with some more tips for managing your time in isolation. Stay safe, well and please abide by the government guidelines. Thanks again to our NHS, emergency services and key workers for keeping the country going during this difficult time.