For employees who generally enjoy the presence of others, the new reality of working from home could seriously lower their mood and motivation levels.
According to basic psychology, the world is made up of both introverts and extroverts. People either thrive in social situations and can’t get enough of human interaction (extrovert) or find that being around people for too long leaves them feeling drained and craving some much needed “me-time” (introvert).
As an employer, you can probably spot your introverted and extroverted employees from a mile away. There are colleagues who never miss Friday night drinks while there are those that prefer to “come out for just one” and then slink off home.
“Many of my colleagues love their business life because it’s so sociable”, explains Jonathan Ratcliffe from flexible workspace broker Offices.co.uk. “But now we are isolated from that social network, it’s tough for everyone. The difference to work and social life over the last month has been brutal,” he says.
Below Ratcliffe has outlined his tips that you should be giving your employees to help them through this difficult time.
1. Establish a routine
It’s vital if you want to be motivated that you set a routine. Make sure you get up at a decent time and start work by 9am.
2. Have a to-do list
Start by writing a small list of work to achieve, lower your expectations and work towards ticking all those goals even if they are small.
3. Talk to someone
If you have a work buddy you’d usually chew the fat with, why change that? Give them a call, maybe first thing – it could help you both realise you aren’t alone.
4. Eat and drink well
Make sure you eat properly and stay hydrated throughout the day.
5. Get some fresh air
At lunchtime take your walk or sit outside, put your phone down, look around and enjoy the peace and quiet.
6. Finish at 5pm
Don’t be tempted to work into the evening, try and finish up around the same time as you would normally.
7. Put the phone down
After “work” is over, try to forget about it. Enjoy time with a partner or family.
8. Avoid the temptation of ‘wine o’clock’
It’s tempting to hit the wine each night, we’re under stress. But if you didn’t booze like this before, it’s time to reduce the alcohol intake.
9. Sleep well
Have a decent bedtime and try and get 8 hours of solid sleep if possible.
10. Plan for the other side
This will end, and when it does you need to be in the best shape possible to seize any opportunities. Get planning!
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