The Community Hub
In these uncertain times, we know that community is essential in helping us to protect our mental health and wellbeing.
In these uncertain times, we know that our communities are essential in helping us manage and protect our mental health and wellbeing.
That is why we have launched our Community Hub.
This dedicated area is a place where we can come together to share best practice between businesses, personal tips and suggestions on how to take care, and help one another tackle the additional challenges which we are all facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
How are you making workforce wellbeing work?
We want to hear from you! Share what you are doing to start the conversation about mental health and support the wellbeing of your wider workforce during this time.
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and join the conversation!
"As the coronavirus continues to spread many couples, including myself now find themselves sharing the same workspace. Here is a helpful hint on peacefully workplace alongside your partner within the close quarters of your home.
Try to maintain a normal work schedule while you’re working from home. Not only should you stick to your schedule, but you should communicate with your partner each morning about what the day looks like. Remind them of any important calls you might have where you’ll need extra quiet or no interruptions. Share a Google calendar or even write one out on a piece of paper and stick it to the fridge.
If one of you is more prone to distraction (Kate) and the other needs complete quiet to focus (me), schedule some planned breaks to talk to one another and check in so that you aren’t hurting anyone’s productivity. And remember, just because your workday may be over, it doesn’t mean your partner’s is. Kate and I often both work outside of ‘normal’ office hours, so it really helps if we can work to the same schedule. It’s too easy to distract each other if one of us is working and the other is lounging and having fun. If your partner doesn’t work or can’t be working at the same time, then an agreed schedule is all the more important.
I also find that one of the hardest parts of working remotely is the blurred lines between the office and home. The stress of work plays out in the same setting as so many other important parts of our relationship. If I’m having a rough day, it’s hard not to carry frustration or concern from work right into cooking dinner a few hours later because I’m literally in the same space. Do your best to turn off work when it’s over. Take a shower, change clothes, take a walk (abiding the social distancing rules). And then do something to signify the end of the work day, that it’s time to be back in your home with the person you love.
And if all else fails – wine."