We’ve recently launched a new podcast series all about working from home. Indications are that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s much better to look at how we can make the experience a healthy and sustainable one. Let’s draw a line under the ‘working from home in a crisis’ mode and look towards 20201 exploring how we can working at home and be our best selves.
The first episode in the new series sets the scene for why we’re looking at the topic again, while episode 77 takes a look at the importance of maintaining our physical welling as a home-worker. The physical perspective is one that’s easy to forget when our focus is on staying productive, motivated and in touch with colleagues. But it’s just as important to take care of our bodies as our minds!
A sore neck or back, combined with an element of dehydration, can really put a dent in your concentration and productivity. And yet these are relatively easy things to get right – we just need to remember to focus on them. I made the point back in March of this year that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. That’s a useful perspective to take on this issue: making it work for employer and employee over the longer term. It doesn’t have to come at the cost of wellbeing, family harmony or any sense of a personal-professional boundary.
Later in the series, we’ll look at social wellbeing and relationships, psychological wellbeing and boundaries, the importance of leisure time and the experience of loneliness. So if you’re a home-worker, an occasional work-from-home dabbler or someone who’s planning to make a permanent shift to the home workplace in 2021, I hope you’ll join us for this new series and let us know how it’s going.