As the nights draw in, the feelings of freedom and liberation from not having to commute to the office are being replaced by less positive feelings about work, relationships, and even our homes, particularly as the house that was once a haven from career pressures is now the host.
What are the practical solutions to help?
Here are some practical techniques we can share to help our people to remain positive and productive when working from home:
- Make time for regular one to one welfare conversations between line managers and direct reports
- Segregate your workspace. If you have no option to work from the kitchen table or bedroom then get a large box and physically pack away your work at evenings and weekends.
- Prioritise just one work task each day, get it done early. Feelings of accomplishment heighten our mood.
- Do at least one healthy activity every day, exercise, make a smoothie, meditate. We recommend scheduling this as early in your day as possible, then when you feel jaded during the day do another
- Schedule weekly face to face time, meet a colleague for a walk or have a date night with your partner
- Get serious about your sleep, working and resting in the same building can lead to disrupted sleep https://www.freshtracks.co.uk/5-sleep-myths-and-10-techniques-that-really-work/
- Schedule quarterly team meet ups, it might have to be an evening around a camp fire to comply with the rules but where there’s a will there’s a way