Mental health is something I take very seriously, and I prioritise my team members’ overall well-being above all else. There are enough tips and guides out there talking about how employees can stay productive while working remotely at home so I won’t dwell on that.
Instead, I think it is essential that we set boundaries for work and leisure. Especially for those who are used to working in the office, being at home shouldn’t mean we disrupt our entire routine. Some tips I tell my team: wake up at the same time and get ready for work, put on office attire to get into that office mindset, and clock off at the time we normally would.
Being at home means we don’t interact with our colleagues nearly enough as we are used to, and one way we counter that is to schedule casual check-ins with individual teams. Every day, we set aside time for fun conversations and witty banter.
This keeps us sane and helps us stay close-knitted as a company.
For those working with kids in the house as well, I have started a fun arrangement with my daughter, in the same way, we tell her to eat her dinner, one vegetable, one piece of meat, one vegetable, one piece of meat.
I’ve told her I would focus on one section of work undistracted; then I’ll play with her, later work, then play. We need to realise that our family still needs our attention and compartmentalise our lives.