It seems as if working from home may well become the pattern for many of us for the immediate future, and beyond. It can bring both benefits and challenges. For some people, particularly those who are live on their own, the face to face social interaction can be an important part of the working life that is no longer possible. Those who have recently joined an organization, particularly in a new geographical area, may not yet have developed those informal links that connect them with colleagues or the local community. At the present time, others may be struggling to fulfil their work commitments whilst caring for young children or attempting homeschooling. Resources are becoming available and there will be more as we come to adjust to the current situation and seek to maintain our mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health At Work which is part of the Mental Health Foundation has provided some very helpful and clear guidance for those working at home in any sector. It is entitled “My Whole Self” and can be accessed here.
Following the very interesting CIPA/IP Inclusive webinar on April 4th “Working From Home” Mary Taylor from the UK IPO (Intellectual Property Office) has described how her organization has developed “virtual tea breaks”.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has recently produced an excellent guide for line managers about protecting and supporting staff’s mental health during the Coronavirus crisis. The guide is very accessible but if you have limited time there is a one page “Quick Tips” leaflet.
Jonathan’s Voice seeks to encourage people to speak out about mental health and well-being so if you are struggling, it’s ok to say you’re not ok and to talk to somebody within your organization, or beyond.