In these socially-distant times, isolation and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress, and have a detrimental impact upon our general wellbeing and mental health.
Towards the end of 2020, we carried out a survey of over 16,200 UK professionals. Our findings showed that wellbeing fell after the first lockdown was announced in March last year, with the most commonly cited reasons for this the lack of social interaction (26%), isolation and loneliness (13%) and boredom (11%). Juggling childcare with work was a factor for 10% of respondents, as was an increase in workload.
We’re now nearly a year on from the first national lockdown and with the days shorter, colder and darker, it’s vital that we don’t fall back into any bad habits from before. We each need to look at what good practices we can adopt and, if you’re a manager, how you can support your team through this lockdown and beyond.
Here are some ideas to try and change your routine and help your wellbeing.
Whether managing a team or looking for ways to improve your own mental health and wellbeing, we should all be mindful that there will be further changes and challenges ahead, and colleagues who will need our support.
Remember that small changes can often make a big difference. By sharing tips and advice it’s a great starting point for a conversation about wellbeing, which is already a massive step in the right direction.
Download your copy here of your guide to protecting your wellbeing whilst working remotely. For managers, read our guide on how to support your team’s wellbeing here.
Simon joined Hays in 2006, having commenced his recruitment career in 1993. Initially responsible for our businesses in Western Australia and Northern Territory, Simon relocated to the UK in 2014 where he was responsible for our operations in the West & Wales and Ireland, before being appointed Managing Director of the UK & Ireland business in 2018.
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