During this challenging time, our teams’ wellness needs to be top of mind. There are a wealth of resources available on physical and mental health and by making these easily accessible, they can act as a huge support for your teams. Below we’ve gathered together our top ways to ensure that you and your teams are staying happy and healthy whilst remote working.
Keep a routine
From waking up at the same time as you did pre remote working, through to getting dressed as if you’re going to work will all help to keep your motivation. Whilst it feels like every day is merging into another, try to treat weekends differently so that there feels like there is a differentiation between the workdays and weekends.
Support team members with mental health resources
We are so lucky to have so many mental health resources at our fingertips. Many charities have created excellent content to support individuals during this time. Mind Charity has provided excellent tips on coping with isolation whilst Mental Health At Work have also written about supporting yourself and colleagues during lockdown. Share these resources with your teams to ensure they are armed with helpful content to support them.
Don’t stop learning
You may be still working but have more time on your hands, or you have been furloughed or made redundant – whatever your circumstance, keeping your mind active is key. Download apps to learn a new language such as Duolingo, sign up to Udemy for multiple types of courses, check out YouTube for tutorials, or take to Instagram where many brands are teaching different sorts of skills. Hospitality for Heroes are teaching their Instagram audience to cook by well-known chefs, the brand Alexander McQueen is doing embroidery workshops, and The Lunchbox Doctor is doing nutrition sessions. Learning doesn’t have to be related to work, and can be a welcome distraction from spreadsheets.
Check out healthy cooking sites
Good food feeds the soul! There are so many chefs these days focusing on nutritious and wholesome food that there are a variety of recipes online. Look to chefs and brands such as Madeleine Shaw, Yotam Ottelenghi, Jamie Oliver, Tart, Daylesford, Gizzi Erskine and Diana Henry for inspiration. Collate recipes into a newsletter to inspire teams with ways they can eat well during this time.
Create monthly challenges
Monthly challenges can be a fantastic way to motivate teams. Whether it’s a couch to 5k programme or a 20-day yoga challenge there are multiple ways that teams can work together to stay healthy. Create a different challenge each month to keep it fresh.
Share the best home workouts
There are now so many home workouts it can be hard to choose which ones to do. Share with your teams’ online workouts to help them build them into their routine, or build into your day team workouts where you use Zoom or Houseparty to take part. For yoga look to Adriene or Lululemon, for strength try Barrecore or CrossFit, for HIIT try Barry’s or 1Rebel and for running download apps such as Nike Run Club or Strava.
Subscribe to mindfulness apps
The current environment is bound to heighten anxiety, therefore mindfulness apps can be a great support to many individuals. Headspace and Calm are key players, and both offer a corporate or team membership. Investing in apps like these for your teams is an excellent way to support your employee’s mental health.
Start a wellness newsletter and webinars
Communication is king! Implementing a weekly newsletter with wellness tips and resources is a brilliant way to support teams and make an easy central place for everyone to see the content. For key topics create webinar content. Bring in guest speakers for areas that require specialists such as nutrition or mental health.
At Banks Sadler we’re passionate about our employees wellbeing and have a Wellness Committee who provide a wide variety of initiatives from Run Clubs, to nutrition presentations and step challenges.