Sadly, so many lives have been affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak and for many businesses, it has resulted in working from home. Now is an important time to look after yourself and your team members whilst in isolation, and there are various ways to do so. Here are some of our top tips:
1. Make sure you have all got what you need
This may seem obvious at first – but there are many things to consider here. For example, check that your team have got a suitable ergonomic working space at home. If you or your team do not have your own home office, do your best to make use with what you’ve got to make working at home as ergonomic as possible to avoid stress and strain on your body. You can find more information about ensuring your workers have got an appropriate home working environment here.
Likewise, don’t forget to make sure you’ve got all the devices, software and file access you need to work from home. This includes having access to a reliable internet connection. Ask yourself this: is your team’s home broadband adequate for them to work from home productively? If not, have you considered temporary broadband such as 4G? Many of our customers find that 4G Mobile Broadband offers faster speeds than their home ADSL broadband. With 4G broadband, there are no set up costs, no phone line installation etc. all you need is to plug the router into a mains socket and you’re good to go! If you would like more information about 4G Mobile Broadband, please get in touch with a member of our team today.
2. Have regular check ins with your team.
Schedule regular check ins with your team – working from home can be quite isolating for some, especially for those who live on their own. As a manager, it is your duty to do your best to look after your team and find out if your team need any support. Prolonged periods of isolation can impact people in different ways so keep in touch with your team as best as you can! Furthermore, Mind.org.uk has some great resources on supporting yourself and your team’s well-being during the Coronavirus lockdown.
3. Take advantage of different technologies to communicate with your team.
There are so many forms of communication – from a simple telephone call, video calling, instant messaging, social media, telephony software, mobile apps etc. Why not explore the various digital tools to help boost productivity and creativity within your team. At the moment, Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangout are proving to be a popular choice amongst businesses, so you may find that one of those works well for you and your team. It is a good idea to have various means of communications within your team – whilst video calling is a great alternative for face-to-face communication, don’t forget to keep on using the other tools you normally would (i.e. email, instant messaging etc.).
4. Encourage your team to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Make sure you and your team take regular breaks and work the same working hours as you normally would. Structure your day like you would normally do when at the office, stick to a daily routine and don’t forget to schedule in time for self-care and exercise every day because now is as an important as ever to look after your well-being!