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Archive for the ‘workplace wellbeing’ Category

Supporting wellbeing while working remotely

Posted by Annemarie Estess

With so many of us working remotely and generally spending time apart, how can we take care of our mental, emotional and social wellbeing?

Working from home…

This used to be a statement of freedom and flexibility. In the era of COVID-19 it’s becoming a phrase that brings up mixed emotions and logistical complexity.

Here in the UK we don’t yet know a timeline, but likely in the coming weeks and months many people will be working remotely either by requirement or by preference. 

Reframe the phrase 

It may seem minor but the language we use can influence our experience of this situation. Terms like “isolating”, “lockdown” and “social distancing” sound like fast tracks to anxiety and loneliness. 

For the sake of our sanity it’s important that we get clear about what we are really doing and for what purpose: physically distancing ourselves to help minimise transmission risk. We can choose to talk about it as being physically distant and socially connected

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Instant Messaging – Ultimate Control or Wellbeing Minefield ?

Posted by Doug Osborne

Instant messaging as a primary way of communicating is rapidly becoming the go-to way of keeping on top of business comms.

Here are some interesting figures:

43% of US companies – across all sectors – are using instant messaging as a primary means of comms, in some sectors like tech this figure rises to nearly 80%.

Hence in niche tech enclaves like the film media in Soho, London you won’t find desks with phones anymore. A leading creative from an established agency said,

We don’t need them…we can stay completely up to the moment on any project with a well organized Slack feed

So is email and actually speaking to people becoming something of a generational relic?

 

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Suspect a Team Member is struggling with managing pressure?

Posted by Doug Osborne

As a team leader or line manager how do you notice when one of the team is beginning to show signs that they are struggling with managing pressure? Here are some signs to look out for:

  • A drop in productivity
  • A change in the quality of their work
  • A change in their attitude
  • A sense of withdrawal
  • They become less communicative

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