10 Wellness Tips for Working from Home


Get Dressed

As enticing as it is to work in your pajamas, it is not a recommended practice. Getting

dressed, brushing your teeth and fixing your hair can help you transition into your

workday and make you feel more confident (as well as help you avoid that terrifying

moment when your video conferencing camera switches on).


Set aside a designated work area

Create and keep a dedicated workspace. Whether it’s a home office, a desk in the corner

of your living room or even the kitchen table, make sure it works for you. Pay attention

to your body position and eye strain, making adjustments as needed. Try to make your

workspace a place you enjoy going to each day by surrounding yourself with things that

inspire you. This can help you focus and do your best work.


Schedule walking meetings

Walking meetings can be done virtually. This works especially well if both participants

are working remotely and commit to the walk. Snap a picture of where you are walking

and share it with your walking buddy!


Take a virtual coffee break

Much of workplace camaraderie develops in the break room and around the water cooler. In the natural flow of the workday in an office, we can check in with our teammates. While that element is missing in a virtual setting, it can be replicated in cyberspace. Encourage your team to hop on a virtual meeting at a specified time, sit down with their beverage of choice, and chat for 15 minutes.


Open virtual meetings with a Community Builder

Community Builders are icebreaker questions that, well, build community! Anything

from “What was your favorite Halloween costume?” to “What was the last book you

read?” can help us find commonality with co-workers we didn’t know we had.


Take regular breaks

It may feel like you can get more done working from home with fewer distractions,

but this can often lead to overworking, which not only kills productivity, but can bring

about injury. Taking short five-minute active breaks at the top of each hour can actually

increase productivity and creativity levels.


Stay connected within your team

When working remotely, it can be easy to get heads down in your work. One key

strategy to help you stay connected with your team is through active participation in

team meetings. Speak up and share your thoughts during discussions to stay engaged.

Avoid multi-tasking during virtual meetings. Another way to connect is to join in group

discussions over team chats. Post family pictures, selfies, interesting articles. Even if we

can’t be physically visible in the office, we can stay visible to each other.


Set and keep regular office hours

For many, working from home means flexibility in setting your own working hours. For

example, if you are most productive in the morning, you can get a jump start on your

workday. Or if you are juggling childcare, you can establish concentrated work hours

accordingly. Regardless of your schedule, establish set work hours to follow each day.

Be sure to communicate your work schedule to your manager, colleagues, and staff.


Eat a healthy lunch or snack

Another work from home reality is full access to the kitchen, which can mean free reign

on chips, cookies, or leftover pizza. However, research has shown that healthy eating

has a direct link on overall productivity levels. If you are an avid snacker, reach for carrot

sticks, apple slices, or a handful of nuts instead. Make it a point to make yourself a

healthy lunch, just as you would if you had to go into the office.


Pick a definitive finishing time each day

You might be under the impression that working from home establishes more work-life balance. But working from home can also bleed into your personal time. In lieu

of coworkers, whose packing up and leaving the office reminds you to do the same,

set an alarm at the end of the day to indicate your normal workday is coming to an end.

You don’t have to stop at exactly that time, but knowing the workday is technically over

can help you start the process of saving your work and calling it quits for the evening.


Source: Kaiser Permanente

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