Taking care of your own wellbeing and that of your team will help your business successfully manage these challenging times.
One of the key messages throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been ‘We’re all in this together’. This simple message powerfully communicates the impact our personal actions have on the whole community. It also reminds us of the importance of pulling together – even as we become more physically isolated.
Here are three ways you and your team can work together to take care of everyone’s wellbeing.
1. Communicate regularly
To create and sustain strong cooperation with your team members while they’re working from home, it’s essential to have regular catch ups. As well as focusing on operational matters, make sure you check in with your staff about how they’re feeling and whether they need additional support.
Remember, they’re likely to be dealing with personal challenges too – juggling additional childcare, home schooling, looking out for elderly parents or neighbours and even dealing with illness among their family and friends. Wherever possible, allow them to work flexible hours so they can manage the challenges in their personal lives.
2. Practice good mental health hygiene
One of the biggest physical defences we have against the coronavirus is the simple, regular practice of washing our hands. In the same way, we need to create healthy habits to protect our mental health. Being constantly bombarded with distressing news and frightening stories can play havoc on your mental health. So limit the amount of exposure you have to news and social media – and encourage your staff to do the same.
It’s also crucial to put strategies in place to manage your stress and anxiety – even if you’re feeling positive and calm right now. This could be following an online meditation or yoga app, doing an indoor workout or taking a walk – or simply chatting to someone you care about. Whatever works best for you, make it a habitual routine so you can avoid succumbing to stress later down the track.
3. Build resilience
Resilience is our capacity to bounce back after difficult times. We all have different levels of it – and we’re likely to be more resilient in some situations than in others. Thankfully, resilience, like a muscle, can grow with use. To help build it, find ways to boost your team members’ confidence by acknowledging and celebrating each other’s successes. Delegate tasks to team members that make the most of their individual strengths to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Most of all, avoid giving negative feedback. Instead, use mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow. And don’t forget to acknowledge how quickly you and your team have adapted in these very trying times.
Top tips for daily wellbeing
- Check in with your staff. How are they feeling today? Do they need anything?
- Switch off from the news if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Do something that makes you feel positive and calm, such as going for a walk, working out, or talking to a loved one.
- Set daily goals to give yourself and your team a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
- Celebrate your team’s successes to help them feel appreciated.
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