Working from Home

Prior to reintegration back at school many of us are working from home with limited interactions with others. On return to school some of you may still be working virtually. This page offers a range of resources available as support during this time.

Making the most of our working environment

Adjusting to rapid change in your work environment is difficult. Effective remote working will not happen simply by trying to replicate your usual workplace practice at home. There will be areas of your work that will have to be adapted to be effective when not in the office environment.

Here are some simple ideas to get you started.

Look after your mental and emotional wellbeing

Just as our bodies need proper nutrition, exercise and rest, our minds need to be positively stimulated and given time to relax. Prolonged periods of social isolation can have a negative impact on our mental health. At this time, it is more important than ever to take proactive steps to maintain our wellbeing.

  • News and social media can make you anxious. Avoid the social media hype and focus on facts. Share positive posts – try to focus on recovery, support and community.
  • Dedicate 5-10 minutes per day to mindfulness or journaling. Why not take a free online mindfulness course.
  • Ask yourself:
    – What am I grateful for today?
    – What made me happy today?
    – What have I learnt today?
    – What did I do today to make someone happy?
  • Social support is important for our mental health. Consider how you can maintain social contact safely, either with people in your household, or by calling your friends and family.
  • Make time for those around you. If you are isolating with your family, schedule some activities you can do together, whether it’s playing board games, discovering new or old hobbies, or recording family videos.
  • Don’t become too isolated if you are self-isolating alone. If you are alone, think of people you can reach out to, schedule an online lunch with friends, family or colleagues, exercise together and share how you feel.

Maintain a work-life balance

Now that working from home is no longer a ‘nice to have’ option, but a necessity for most of us, we have to learn how to navigate blurred boundaries between work and leisure times. Some of us may be overwhelmed by having to combine work with looking after children, while others struggle with isolation. Whatever your circumstances, here are some tips to help you transition into home working.

  • Create a daily routine. When working from home, it may be tempting to have an extra hour in bed and spend a day in your pyjamas, but having a routine can help you get into the right frame of mind for a working day and mark the start and the end of work. This may be a quick workout, setting up your desk or writing a to-do list.
  • Create some mini breaks in your day. In the office, we often pause our work to have a chat with a colleague or walk to a meeting. Try to create mini breaks in your day where you focus on a non-work activity for 5-10 minutes. Pomodoro technique can help you stay productive by scheduling short bursts of focused work and breaks that you can spend on short household tasks, like loading the dishwasher or watering plants.
  • Make the most of your flexibility. Think how you can schedule your work to make it work for you. Do you need to break your day up with another activity? Would you rather start working earlier to catch up while your kids are asleep? Do you need to segment your day into smaller working sections? Discuss this with your line manager and work out a pattern that will work for you and your team.
  • Be kind to yourself and others! This is a challenging time that will affect us in different ways. Accept that you are doing the best you can under the circumstances. It’s ok to struggle with changes.