2. Create a workspace you can move away from
Some people will have a separate room to work from. But most people won’t have this luxury. Try though to find and keep to a designated ‘workspace’ rather than having work-related material all over your home. This allows you to break away from work at evenings, weekend and holidays.
3. Look after yourself
There are many dangers to homeworking in these times – make sure to take regular breaks, exercise frequently, eat and drink healthily, maintain good relationships with those you’re living with and look after your own mental health and wellbeing. If you’re having issues in any of these areas please ask for help from your school.
4. Speak to people as much as you can
One thing we’ve found works well is to try to talk to people rather than using electronic communication. That may not be possible with your students (schools have different policies!) but it certainly applies to colleagues. If you’re wrestling with difficult issues, a quick phone or voice call is better than an email, and tools such as Microsoft Teams (or Zoom) are great for team meetings.
5. Leaders – listen and communicate
From the start of the ‘work from home’ period we’ve been sending out regular updates. We did wonder if there were too many, but feedback has been incredibly possible. People want to know what is happening across an organisation and will have concerns for the future. It’s also important for organisations to provide regular feedback opportunities – what can be done better? What tips are we finding that work?
6. Support those in your community who are affected
Unfortunately, there will be people who are more impacted by COVID19 – those who have family working in critical services, those who know people with the virus or who contract it themselves. Make sure to keep in regular touch and offer support – and be sure to remove any work pressure on these people.
7. Set up virtual social events
Remote working can be fun. We’re developing a range of social events and fun challenges to keep the team connected and motivated. They’re also a great opportunity to engage team members who would normally not have the chance to meet each other, or are too busy to do so. Think about ‘virtual coffee’ sessions, quizzes and picture challenges. It’s important not to make them mandatory but to invite everyone and make them welcome – having a host for some of them really go a long way!
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