5 Ways to Manage Our Wellbeing While Remote Working
More and more employers are adopting remote working as a permanent or flexible way of working – but how do we manage our wellbeing when remote working? The shift to remote has forced us to rethink our daily routines and the spaces that we work from. Now that we have become comfortable with this new way of working, it’s important to remember to switch off sometimes, too.
Adjusting to remote working can be daunting, especially if you’re used to being surrounded by colleagues and a buzzing office atmosphere. As employers and employees, we must be aware of issues associated with remote working such as:
- Feeling disconnected or isolated
- Difficulty switching off from work
- Feeling anxious or overwhelmed
- Feeling disengaged from office culture
- Inability to prioritise tasks effectively
- Experiencing trouble sleeping
To address many of these issues, we have outlined 5 Ways to Manage Our Wellbeing While Remote Working:
1. Have a Plan
Routine is key. Create a schedule and stick to it. Do you have a workflow for your week, and a daily calendar to help you plan? If not, invest in these tools to help you to stay organised. Being proactive with your work plan for the week is the best way to keep on top of things.
A recent poll conducted on the Euro Executive Recruitment LinkedIn page has found that 7 in 10 (70%) of respondents create a weekly/daily schedule of tasks for better organisation.
While remote working, it’s easy to blur the lines between personal time and work, but try not to let this happen. Work is work, so stick to your schedule and the consistency with your daily and weekly plans will pay off. Don’t panic if you’ve hit a wall during the day. This happens to the best of us, and may mean you need to take a break (or work on a different task) and return when your head is cleared.
When you’ve completed your daily tasks by the end of the day, try to refrain from overworking or reading emails at night, and get a good night’s sleep.
2. Take Time Out
When we say out, we mean out. Taking time outside is the perfect way to bring balance to your day. Even if it’s just a few minutes of fresh air, get outside and soak up the sunshine. Two of the simplest ways to look after your mental health whilst working remotely are to get fresh air on a daily basis and to stay active.
Getting outside for just a short stroll can help to increase endorphins and help keep anxiety at bay. Don’t get into the habit of having lunch at your desk – it’s important to enjoy a change of scenery. We’re all familiar with the benefits of spending time outdoors: lower blood pressure, reduced stress and increased energy are just some of the many reasons to take time out.
3. Create a Dedicated Workspace
Through a recent LinkedIn poll, we learned that 6 in 10 (63%) of our remote working respondents feel their home office space is sufficient for them to effectively perform their duties, with 27% stating ‘somewhat’ and 1 in 10 people not finding their home office space to be sufficient.
Your home is now your office, but it doesn’t have to be sterile. Jazz up your home office space to create an environment that you enjoy spending time in. Your space needs to make you feel productive, comfortable, organised and different from the rest of the space in your home.
If you are working from an apartment, invest in some desk space. Maybe add a plant or some other comforting items to the wall behind your desk. If you have a whole room to work with then the possibilities are endless, but if you can – avoid using your bedroom as a workspace.
Some unique, comforting additions you could make to your workspace design include adding plants, buying unique prints, creating a photo wall, investing in a bean bag to unwind during breaks, or even creating your very own coffee dock.
4. Connect with Others
It is important to find the balance between disconnecting from work at the end of a long day and staying connected to ensure you’re spending time with your peers.
In the past, when overwhelmed by a project or situation at work, it was often the time to go to the cafeteria and vent with a colleague, or maybe schedule a few hours out of the office with a friend for lunch.
Just because we’re working remotely doesn’t mean we need to feel alone. Be sure to check in with your colleagues, go for a walk in the park or schedule a video call to chat and check in with your friends.
You can connect with others remotely in numerous ways, such as through virtual meetings, communicating with colleagues via office chat software etc. If you’re a manager, perhaps encourage engagement from your employees with interactive online events, scheduled digital social events and quizzes.
5. Be Realistic with Your Time
We all remember Jim Carey in the film ‘Yes Man‘. This is not the right approach and could lead you to experience burnout. We’re all guilty of taking on too many tasks at times, but the secret ingredient here is carefully managing expectations and priorities.
You may assume that you have to be always on, ready to show your availability at any time, but consider breaks that were once taken in-office, toilet breaks and other such events. You should always aim to take your lunch break unless absolutely necessary not to.
Home is still where the heart is, and you should be free to switch off. If you are having trouble saying no (when needed) to colleagues, start pencilling in your commitments for the day and making your colleagues aware of these.
A number of the issues addressed above relate to the problems to wellbeing that remote working can bring about, but it’s good to remember the perks of working from home too (that long commute may be a thing of the past).
The central lesson is that we need to be mindful when trying to achieve that work-life balance whilst working remotely.
Always reach out to somebody you trust if you are feeling isolated while working remotely, or if you know of somebody struggling with the current working conditions be sure to leave the lines of communication as open as possible.
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