The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique challenges for businesses and their employees nationwide. Many are working remotely full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family. Daily lives and routines are disrupted which may cause anxiety and stress as well as strain us physically, mentally, and financially. In uncertain times, it is important to focus on the things that you can control. With that in mind, we have some tips to help employees who are suddenly working remote.
As we take precautions to protect ourselves against exposure to the Coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Developing a daily strategy for self-care and awareness is an important step in navigating this crisis while protecting your mental health and well-being. Discuss your fears and concerns with people you trust. They are most likely feeling the same way.
Stay connected with your family and friends using technology such as FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout and other video-based options. Virtual dinner parties, movie watch-parties and happy hours can help break up an otherwise solitary week and provide connections to look forward to on a regular basis.
Regularly engage with your employer and co-workers, too. Many companies have implemented technology like Microsoft Teams to support a remote work environment. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula. People have different work styles, different times at which they work and different work locations so it is important to embrace new ways of communicating. For key relationships or projects, you may want to establish standing virtual meetings.
Create and maintain a routine and schedule. Be flexible and expect to adapt and adjust as things can change daily. You can enjoy the lack of traffic on your commute to your home office and have a plan for the week ahead without the normal stressors of life outside of the house.
Set up a designated space for you and family members to work and learn. You’ll want to include designated times for your work and include breaks for self-care and recharging. If you have children, create a separate schedule for them so they know what is expected each day. Everyone's schedule will differ but ensure it works for you, your employer, as well as your home environment. There’s no one size fits all solution, but here is an example:
This is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health. Periodically, get up and move around your home. Walking, stretching, planks or jumping jacks—whatever works best for you to reduce or alleviate stress and increase endorphins. While our favorite gyms and fitness centers are closed during this time, many are offering free livestreams or app-based workouts for members and the general public, so check online to see what may be available.
If you find yourself with downtime, the desire to learn something new or simply want to connect with others, there are numerous virtual/online resources available and many of them are free! Below are some examples of professional and personal sites for both adults and children.
Already, some states have begun phased reopening plans. Many businesses will start to resume in-person operations with restrictions that help maintain social distancing, which will expand the opportunities for you and your family. Although it will be some time before the world is completely back to normal, remaining flexible and creative will enable you to make the most of each day.
Ascentium Capital supports businesses and their employees nationwide. Our flexible financing programs provide customizable solutions to help your company acquire technology and equipment to enable a successful remote work environment and prepare for a return to complete operations.
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