How to Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home.
During the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have decided to work remotely. Working from the comfort of your own home can seem like a luxury for some; for others’ mental health, a complete nightmare. Sure, you get to stay home but it can be harder to stay focused on the task at hand. Sometimes the luxury of staying home can lead to a decrease in efficiency and productivity. Working remotely can take a little bit of extra effort. The isolation of working from home can also have an impact on individuals already struggling with their mental health. Those who enjoy socializing at work and look forward to it every day will have to wait.
Here are some tips during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Get into a routine
Working remotely from home can be very challenging and isolating. Sometimes, our attention wanders, or we miss those we haven’t seen. So, making a structured guideline to your days can make the day go by faster and give you a sense of being busy. First, dedicate a space for just your work. This should be a place free from distractions. Next, come up with a schedule of what time work needs to be done. To ensure efficiency and productivity, set up goals for the week. It is super important to be able to get up and start your day, just like you would if you were still going to the office.
Another way to help create a routine while working from home would be to journal your workdays. This would incorporate all achievements that you have accomplished during your time in the home office. This can be helpful for those who like to talk about their day at work. If you have something to say but no one to tell it to, you could write out your thoughts — the challenges you face during this time being home, for example, and how it could be stopping you from being your best self. Writing about your story will help release your emotions on paper if you have no one to talk to.
Keep up the formal and social workflow
It is really important to keep your connections with your employees. If you are a business owner, discuss with your team how you’d like to run check-ins and sign-offs remotely. Make sure you are communicating as clearly and effectively as possible with your team members. Try to keep social connections. When using virtual conferences, make sure to turn on the video so employees can see your facial expressions and sense emotions during this time of social distancing. At the same time, try to keep these conference calls as professional as possible. This doesn’t mean you can’t ask how your employees are doing during this pandemic, but you can still refrain from requesting their friendship on social media platforms. Another tip: take a lunch break with your employees. Check-in with them to see how they are doing, just like you would if you were in the office.
Tell your employees about the available support
Some employers offer an employee assistance program (EAP), which allows employees to have easy access to a professional that can help the employee with personal problems they are dealing with. This service is completely confidential and allows the employee to access help without having to worry about costs on their insurance plans. This type of help can be implemented in various ways, as EAP professionals can be virtual or physical. At Groff NetWorks, we are excited to have implemented an EAP with MarketPlace Chaplains. They are unaffiliated with any religion, and they show up to listen and counsel any of our employees – and their families! — seeking help. These chaplains are also referred to as a “Company Care Service”. Our MarketPlace Chaplains visit our office once every week to see how our employees are doing, helping employees with the deeper issues below the surface. Not only are they available to help out employees, but they can assist our staff families, locally or across the country! According to the Department of Labor, 72% percent of the American workforce believes that no one cares about them. Partnering with the MarketPlace Chaplains gives our employees that sense of care that a lot of Americans lack in their work environments.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to implement all of these solutions in one day. This is a process that can be developed over time. Spreading awareness of mental health benefits or tips is a step in the right direction for your future growth and that of your company. As an employer, you can be the difference between an employee being a falling and rising star in your corporation.