Coronavirus: Coping with the challenges of working from home
We’ve now been in the coronavirus lockdown for a while, and it’s clear our efforts are working. We’re hopefully over the peak of infections now, and we can start looking ahead to possibly being able to come out of lockdown in the near future.
However, there still could be some weeks to go – and you might be finding that the time away from the office hasn’t got any easier. Even if you worked from home before, you might not have spent such a long time away from your colleagues. Even when lockdown restrictions are lifted, it might be a long time before everything returns to normal – and you may still be required to work from home more often.
In one sense, we’re all in it together. But in another sense, it’s different for everyone. Having additional responsibilities, such as childcare, or losing out on chances to socialise might be starting to affect you, even if you were coping fine before.
If you’re the manager of a team, you might be worried about how your staff are getting along, especially if you know they live alone or are a carer. It’s important that you keep checking in with your staff during the lockdown – just because they were okay a few weeks ago, their circumstances might have changed, and they might need different support now.
We’ve put together this collection of resources to help you as the lockdown continues. It includes tips on staying focused, keeping your anxiety levels low, and supporting colleagues who might be having a harder time due to social isolation.
Whatever your situation – take care.
Resources in this toolkit:
For some people, working outside of the home can be a short-term escape from an abusive situation. Working from home means they won't have that opportunity. This toolkit explores what employers should look out for if they are worried their staff may be experiencing a domestic abuse situation, and how to help.
Some people may be working from home for the first time due to the coronavirus outbreak. This guide can help the transition feel easier and less isolating.
In this web page and video, mental health experts discuss ways you can look after yourself to stay mentally well, and what organisations can to support their teams.
Carers may be under additional pressures due to the social distancing rules. Business in the Community have created this guide to help employers to provide the right support for their working carers and ensure their wellbeing.