Homeworking, how’s it going? You’ve done this for a week or two now and you’re starting to settle into it all. Is it easy – or is it hard, lonely and depressing?
For some people, homeworking and the added pressure of the kids on holiday can be difficult.. We want you to be safe and healthy during the lockdown as you try to continue working.
As this could be your workplace for some time, we recommend you consider your workstation setup. The light will be different, you may be working from a laptop and your back may not be supported correctly if you are on your computer for long periods. Many of us will start on the social element online once we have finished our work, making it even more important that you are set up properly. See our DSE workstation assessment here – it might help.
Managing your mental health is still possibly one area that needs continued attention and this poster from Mental Health First Aid England is great.
Our own team who are all working from home have shared some of their biggest challenges with working from home:
- My friends are all on furlough and my phone doesn’t stop bleeping with their messages on WhatsApp.
- My partner doesn’t work and keeps asking if I want to walk the dog.
- Entertaining the kids now they are on holiday. In the past they have expected outings during the breaks.
- I miss the banter in the office. It’s so lonely here on my own.
If you’re not coping, feeling anxious or isolated, remember that support is out there.
Speak to your HR team or Employee Assistance Programme if your organisation has this in place.
Mental Health Helplines. Samaritans offer free, confidential support 24 hours a day on 116 123. A list of national mental health services and helplines are available at mentalhealth.org.uk.
If there’s any advice we can give, just call us on 03456 122144 and we’ll do our best to help.
Keep your staff and business safe.
Director – THSP Risk Management