Feeling fatigued, stressed, or withdrawn? You aren’t alone. In August, the CDC released survey results indicating that U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19. Working from home, already a new practice for so many, can become even more stressful for folks who are also caring for family members, helping kids with online classes, or just trying to maintain a healthy life balance.
And although some of us had already been working from home beforeCOVID-19, it’s safe to say that most of us prepared for what we thought would be a working-from-home “sprint” when we really should have prepared for an ultra-marathon. For that reason, we’re checking back in with our own employees and sharing the various ways that members across our teams are continuing to prioritize self-care in their WFH routines.
From Sprint to Marathon: Working from Home is Here to Stay
A few weeks ago, what started as a question about self-care from Marci Parker, Acorio’s VP of Delivery, in our Slack channel for the development team, quickly evolved into an open space for our team members to reflect on the last seven months and consider how they continue to look after themselves during one of the most unpredictable years we’ve seen.
Like many others across the country and around the world, our team has been working from home for the majority of 2020. But back before the Coronavirus pandemic, more than 80% of our team already worked remotely full-time – their expertise goes beyond the ServiceNow platform; they’re also experts in establishing a working from home routine and making it stick.
We encourage you to step back and use this blog as a moment to think about the tangible steps you’re taking in your daily routine to maintain your wellbeing. While you may feel compelled to work longer hours and take fewer breaks throughout the day to maximize output, we challenge you to work towards finding a routine that supports your ability to deliver your responsibilities, while also ensuring your immediate and long-term wellbeing.
In honor of World Mental Health Day tomorrow, October 10th, we’ve put together a slide share with some examples of how members of our team give themselves breaks to avoid work fatigue and refresh after too many Zoom meetings. What self-care practices have you enacted in your work routine? If you have any tips you would like to share, please post them on twitter and tag @acorio.