COVID-19 and Keeping Well: Tips and advice for supporting your colleagues whilst working remotely

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We understand that many people are anxious about the current situation surrounding Coronavirus and how it is affecting our daily lives.

Many employers have now enabled colleagues to work from home during the outbreak in order to keep everyone as safe as possible – whilst this is good news, many colleagues may find it difficult, especially if they’re not used to working from home. So it’s important for managers to be aware of this and find new ways to support their team’s wellbeing.

We’ve put together some advice which you might find helpful:

  • Make the most of technology – there’s a plethora of different platforms which you can use to keep in touch with colleagues, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Facebook’s Workplace – it’s beneficial to see someone face to face, so make use of video calls where you can!
  • Check in with your teams regularly. It’s easy to forget to schedule in time to speak with colleagues, especially when working remotely, so ensure your team have regularly check-ins virtually. Working from home can be isolating so make the most of keeping in regular contact.
  • Encourage employees to keep in contact with their work colleagues – online messaging platforms specifically for businesses are a great way to do this.
  • People tend to work longer hours and take fewer breaks when working from home, and it’s especially easy to do this when your normal working routine has seen some drastic change. Make sure you put reminders in your diary to take breaks and stop working. A work/life balance is essential to avoid burnout when working remotely – try to log in at your usual time, eat lunch, and avoid checking emails in the evening.
  • Encourage your teams to take time out each day for exercise and fresh air – it’s important, especially during this time, to pay special attention to your wellbeing. Take some time to practice mindfulness.

Visit the UK government website for the latest updates on guidance for businesses. ACAS also has some useful advice for both businesses and employees here.

How you can help us

We are so thankful to all our corporate supporters who have chosen us as their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2020 and we look forward to being able to continue our partnerships when things return to normality.

As we start to feel the impact of Coronavirus on our mental health, demand for our vital support and services in the local area will inevitably grow. However, many of our fundraising events have understandably been cancelled. We need your support now more than ever. If you are able to support us and make a donation during this time, we would be so grateful.

To donate, please click here or visit our ‘Virtual Fundraising Ideas’ page for more ideas!

Our corporate fundraising manager, Julie Arthur, is on hand to discuss any queries or concerns about our charity partnerships – email Julie at j.arthur@mnessexmind.org

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