A publication on the National Health Service (NHS), UK website on top tips for Managing Mental Health at the Workplace Post Covid, details how covid has changed the entire phase of working, which will remain the same for a long time to come.
Work patterns the world over changed, which experts believe the current changes will remain for quite a while. With the changes we are currently experiencing, it is imperative drastic measures and life-protecting initiatives are deployed to protect the mental health and well-being of employers and employees. Again, the role of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) profession cannot be more crucial than now.
This publication will take a look at 4 strong tried, tested, and proven tips that have been well-researched by the National Health Service (NHS) and have proven to be of value, especially, in recent times.
Adoption of a workable work schedule
Personal time and work schedules may be disturbed if not prioritised. There is a need for employers and employees to stick to an agreed work plan and schedule and also ensure proper sleeping and rest times are deployed and consistently followed.
Most importantly, when work stops, work must be stopped, cease checking emails and stick to the plan of focusing on home life, so batteries could be recharged for the next day.
Design a dedicated workspace
Setting up a dedicated workspace cannot be over-emphasised. It is important to set up workstations away from distractions, including the television, radio or even the kitchen. Getting every tool needed to fully get into the work mood is ultimate. Get comfortable with sitting at your desk, instead of on the couch, lest sleep sets in, which, invariably will deny you the opportunity of being productive.
Take Regular Breaks
Create and schedule breaks in between work to help manage stress. Reduction in exposure times with the screen can help concentration levels and focus to improve. Short term exposure limits of walking away from the screen for 5 to 10 minutes will help control challenges associated with display screen equipment.
Lone Working Challenges
Oftentimes, there is the tendency to feel isolated, staying in touch with colleagues in this regard has proven to be the best way of boosting mental well-being, especially when those who matter are kept in close contact.
Human interaction is of utmost importance so regularly schedule video calls and pick up phone calls so you could speak to colleagues or managers of any burning concerns. It is possible teammates are suffering from same predicaments hence the need to consistently engage and speak to them. It is important to make time to socialise virtually by indulging in digital coffee breaks and movie nights.
In conclusion, adopting a workable schedule, designing dedicated workspace, taking regular breaks and understanding how to overcome lone working challenges are ways of dealing with mental health issues post covid.