Well-being Tips for Working From Home
Working from home is fast becoming an important topic for most businesses. The government has announced further emphasis that those who can, should work from home.
To support UK businesses in maintaining a wellness outlook and support the health of their staff, I’ve attached a 2-page guidance on well-being for those working from home. Feel free to circulate this within your networks.
Five top tips for a healthy well-being approach
1. KEEP CONNECTED, ADDRESS THE SENSE OF ISOLATION
You’ll no longer be having regular face-to-face interactions with co-workers, so it’s especially important to connect with people in new ways. Using messaging/chat platforms, even for a quick “good morning”, like you’d do in the office, is very important. Video conferencing and audio calls are highly beneficially – plan them in advance so you’ll have something to look forward to and prepare for.
2. SET BOUNDARIES BETWEEN YOUR WORK AND HOME
When you’re not in the office, it’s easy to slip into habits such as working late into the evening. In order to maintain a healthy balance between work and play, put clear boundaries in place so that there is a distinction between the hours you need to work and the time you have to yourself.
3. HAVE A DESIGNATED WORK SPACE
If you have the space, create a small study area, with a desk and upright chair. Lighting is key to ensuring you don’t strain your eyes, while a tidy area will help to keep your mind clear. Try not to work in your bedroom — keep this for relaxing and sleeping only.
4. TAKE TIME TO MOVE DURING THE DAY
If you work from home and don’t leave your desk much, fitting in extra time for exercise is a great way to ensure you will keep fit and healthy. If you can, head outside or sit in the garden for 10 minutes to stretch your legs and get some much-needed fresh air. A short stretch and spinal rotation, will keep you back upright and in a healthy posture.
5. MAKE TIME FOR A LUNCH BREAK & COFFEE/TEA BREAKS
If you regularly work from home, carve out time to give yourself a well-deserved break. Set your meal times and stick to them. Step away from your desk and head outside for fresh air. You’ll notice that you’ll probably feel more motivated in the afternoon, too. Set your break times and stick to them where possible, as you would for coffee/tea breaks at work.