Many have learnt through 2020 that along with flexible working must come time and consideration for well-being. Well-being encompasses both physical and mental health with research also showing that there is a direct link between a happy, healthy worker and their achievements. Whilst employers have a responsibility for the care of their team, as individuals there is much we can do to make work more enjoyable but also be happier and healthier in our private lives too. We hope you enjoy our 5 practical tips to well-being whilst we work from home.
1. Make a dedicated workspace
Decide upon a dedicated space in your home that you will work from each day. Ensure the space can be kept clean and tidy, if you are able to work close to a natural light source then this will also help with your well-being. A lot of people also find that working in business dress helps them stay focused and changing clothes marks the beginning and the end of a working day when you are not commuting.
2. Give yourself a break
It is has been found that some people work more hours when they are based at home than they would on days they attend the office. It is important to take a break away from your desk / screen and whenever possible go outside. This is particularly important during the winter months when we may be lacking Vitamin D, take a quick walk on your lunch break and feel ready to re-set for the afternoon. If the weather is poor, a 10 – 15 minute stretching exercise will re-invigorate your body and help bring you to the present.
3. Stick to your schedule
All humans appreciate a little routine, if your working pattern is blended with some working from home and some office days each week then establishing a routine is key. Always keep your alarm set for the same time each day whether you are commuting to the office or another room in the house. This will help to avoid stressful mornings, similarly eating lunch within the same timeframe each day avoids any uncomfortable periods when you are hungry and finding it hard to concentrate.
4. Small investments
Make your workspace somewhere you enjoy being. If your work spot is slightly away from natural light then investing in a decent desk lamp with reduce strain on your eyes and boost your mood. You may live with other people who are also working from home, if this is the case, quality headphones that cancel out background noise will make video meetings more enjoyable. Finally, there has been a lot of research into the benefits of greenery, a pot plant within your eyesight is a great well-being trick as they are thought to boost productivity, concentration and reduce stress.
Working from home can be lonely and so we should check in on each other throughout the day. Relationships at work matter and getting along not only improves well-being but makes us better at our jobs too. Make sure that everyone in the team meets, on video or in person, in the morning as a minimum, it is then impossible to go a whole day without checking in. It may also take an extra effort to organise socialising activity but you will really see the benefit when you do. Having social interaction outside of work can bring more positivity to work related conversation and it could be as simple as holding a monthly review in a coffee shop.