How do we ‘switch off’ when WFH?
It's still a massive topic everywhere at the moment - mental health when working from home. Mental health and wellbeing week UK may have passed, but mental health is a topic for every week of the year, not just May.
The 2021 Health and wellbeing at work report, from the CIPD and Simply Health, found that, of the 668 people professionals and senior HR leaders who took part in the survey, 77% observed presenteeism in employees working from home, a slight increase in the 75% who saw it in employees in the workplace.
The report warned ‘with the recent increase in homeworking, digital technology has the potential to enable an ‘always on’ culture. There’s a concern that the boundaries between work and home life can be increasingly blurred, making it more difficult for many people to switch off’.
In my article from the start of lockdown 2020 ‘Make working from home work for you’, I talked about ‘knowing when to stop’ and the importance of aiming for a regular finish time (even if there’s no-one around to encourage you to pack up!).
Leaders and managers especially have more of a responsibility than ever to buck these trends and encourage and support their teams to ‘switch off’.
We asked the TWM team for their personal tips on ‘switching off’ whilst working from home:
• At the end of the working day, I leave the office and shut the door behind me. For me, this simple physical act helps me to draw a line between work and home.
• I switch to ‘do not disturb’ on Teams to focus on urgent tasks - something I could never do in the office. As a team we have learnt to respect the red and amber lights and are more productive as a result.
• Tidy up! I don’t have an office space at home, so when work is done I make sure that my laptop is ‘out of sight out of mind’ in the cupboard!
• Have a routine – and stick to it! I finish work and immediately leave the house for a walk. It helps me decompress and stops the temptation of doing those last few tasks when I am “brain-fried”.
• I spend the end of my day planning for tomorrow. If I have my to-do list down, it stops me worrying all evening that I’ve missed something.
We are lucky enough to have this open and supportive culture in our company so we can work like this and be happy to WFH. How do you encourage your team to do the same? We'd love to know your thoughts on social. Please share them with us! Find us at: