Whilst some of us are used to working from home and do so regularly, many of us are now doing so for the first time as we adjust to a new method of working life due to COVID-19. We’re all more isolated than ever before and so are all our co-workers. Here’s a few tips to help your staff keep positive and productive whilst coming to terms with your new working way of life.

Situation is always temporary

Yes, this is weird but remember that there will come a time when things return to normal. The current restrictions will eventually be lifted and whilst we don’t quite know when that will be, it’s important to keep perspective on the restrictions.

Structure and clarity

Be clear on where and when you’re working (and what you’re working on). Put some structure around your working day and stick to it. It’ll help you grow into the new regime if you can be disciplined about the time you’re working and when you’re not. If you can, it’s also useful to create a clear working area. Not all of us are as lucky as to have a study but you can still convert the kitchen table into a distraction free workspace.  Plus, it’s crucial to be clear on what you’re working on. You’ll probably find yourself juggling different priorities daily but don’t be scared to strike a line through those tasks that just aren’t important in the current climate.

Clear zones and no-go rules

As much as you’ll define an area to work in, you’ll need to set rules around work-free areas Be strict on stopping work after a certain time and confine work to areas where the kids aren’t playing!

 Exercise and energy

Make some time to connect with the things that make you feel good. Whilst it might feel like an uphill struggle, keeping up (or starting one) your exercise is really important and helps stimulate the release of dopamine which makes you feel good!

Ditch the news

Well, you might not need to ditch the news entirely but if you find yourself obsessively viewing your news feeds it might be time to introduce some restrictions. With so much anxiety inducing coverage, it might be wise to limit yourself to reviewing the news just a couple of times per day.

Talk to people

We’re all in the same boat so it’s important to keep talking to each other. Chat with your friends when you’re not working. A few quick phone calls to co-workers and friends can help reduce the feeling of isolation.

Really worried?

If you’re really worried and don’t feel just chatting with your friends or family is enough, you can always reach out to others https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines.