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Meeting the challenge of remote working

How to transition effectively from work when working from home
In the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we should also discuss the issues of remote working on stress, well-being, and productivity. It was just in 2019, that here at Manchester Metropolitan University, we’re engaged in a project led by Professor Marc Jones, with colleagues from Manchester University and Nuffield health, into the effects of remote working on stress, well-being, and productivity. And whilst we found that overall the relationship between remote working and well-being is positive, the world has changed since then, leading to many struggling because of the blurred boundaries between the working day and home life. The working days merged with weekends. And so that’s led to people feeling overwhelmed a lot of the time.
So we have some recommendations for action. Remember that you’re not working from home. You’re at your home working. So we shouldn’t try and compensate for any loss productivity that this may cause. We should keep in the habit of changing into work clothes for work and out of work clothes for non-work activities. We can even symbolically have a mug that we use for tea and coffee breaks during our working day, that we then put away until our next period of work and use other mugs when we’re in a sense of relaxing. We should communicate with colleagues and managers to be specific about the best time and type of communication.
We should perhaps try and reach just a, a period of a meaningful three hours of uninterrupted time during the working day. We should label what we’re feeling if it is with regards to stress or overwhelm or anxiety. We should remember why we are working from home and whilst it may not seem like it, the situation is only temporary. We should employ all the aspects of self care, particularly moving our body during the day. And we should schedule contact with friends and loved ones.

In this video Andy McCann outlines the challenges of transitioning effectively when working from home. Do you have strategies you have found helpful in this regard?

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