It’s that time of the year - time to take stock of how things went and make plans for how your business could improve next year. One area to focus on is workplace wellbeing. The stresses and strains of last year have not immediately disappeared as we ticked over in 2021. In the UK vaccinations are going smoothly and cases are dropping, but there is still uncertainty regarding new variants, back-to-school, and travel. Now more than ever, it is important to prioritise wellbeing where you work by sticking to a schedule, staying connected, being kind to yourself, and reducing your workload by using streamlined technology such as a real time payment system that makes getting paid and reconciling invoices a breeze.
Workplace wellbeing declined in 2020
A recent survey of Harvard Business Review readers showed that 89% of them felt their workplace wellbeing had declined since the start of Covid-19. The majority of respondents (56%) attributed this decline to increased job demands. Although working from home has been convenient for some, many workers now feel unable to separate their professional lives from their personal lives. They are using the same room to conduct business, home-school their children, and relax at the end of the day.
Other reasons for the decline in workplace well-being included losing connections with others and feeling disengaged. Before Covid, we might not have considered face-to-face interactions with colleagues or clients a significant benefit to our well-being, but we now realise their importance after almost a year of working from home. Working remotely has deprived many workers of this important social outlet, increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
How to boost workplace wellbeing for 2021
Although some people might to return to the office in the second half of 2021, it is appearing more and more likely that working remotely will be the norm for many desk-based jobs. Here are some ways to improve your workplace wellbeing when you’re based from home.
- Stick to a schedule – As the Harvard Business Review survey noted, one of the biggest problems people have with working from home is the inability to switch off from their jobs. Make a work schedule and endeavour to stick to it. When the work day is over, turn off your computer and make time for yourself. Similarly, if you live with others make sure they know your work hours and respect your schedule.
- Make time for breaks – Just because you are working from home, doesn’t mean you don’t get to have your usual tea break. Breaks give us time to recharge, so we can approach our work with a refreshed mind. Breaks not only benefit your mind, but also your body. Working at a computer all day fatigues your eyes and tightens your back. Scheduling breaks will remind you to change position, look away from the screen, and relax your brain.
- Stay in touch with colleagues – It’s easy to neglect connections when you’re working from home, but make time to reach out to colleagues. It will make you feel less isolated and more engaged.
- Be kind to yourself – Acknowledge that you are working during a stressful time in the world. Whether you are sharing your workspace with a family or living alone, this time presents unique stresses for everyone. Take time to relax in a way that reduces stress for you. By looking after yourself, you ensure that your work quality remains high.
Finally, make sure that the systems you use at work do not needlessly add stress to your life. Outdated or clunky technologies can eat up your time and cause you worry. Ordo is a simple, secure, real time payment system that makes invoicing and getting paid a breeze. Ordo notifies you as soon as your client views their invoice and when your client pays you. The money instantly goes into your bank account, there is no waiting for payments to clear. Even better, Ordo is the Open Banking partner with Sage and is available in the Sage marketplace. It’s also fully integrated with Xero and Quickbooks. Your invoices are reconciled automatically, saving you time and reducing stress. Find out more about how Ordo can make getting paid easier by arranging a demonstration today.
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