How to Survive WFH During a Global Pandemic: Tips from the Datalogics Team

(Art by Datalogics Graphic Designer Henry Miguel)

Working from home during the COVID-19 global pandemic has become the new normal for many workplaces for the foreseeable future, and Datalogics is no exception. Our office has been operating remotely for many weeks now, and it hasn’t always been a walk in the park. Many of our staff members have children who need homeschooling, a partner with a conflicting schedule, or furry friends that demand constant attention. Not having a separation between your home and your workplace can get overwhelming, but there are some things you can do to help ease the stress a bit. Our team would like to share some advice on how to handle not only working, but having a healthy and productive life at home, even when it might sometimes feel impossible.

Tips for wellness:

  • Meditate – even if you only do it for just a few minutes a day, it can help you feel calmer , more present and help you focus.
  • Take walks or go outside (if you can do so safely). It can help clear your mind and keep you physically active.
  • Listen to music or podcasts, and limit news consumption if you can. This can be a good way to take care of your mental wellbeing and take your mind off the heaviness of the situation.
  • If you want to make sure you get your daily exercise, now is the time to invest in a mini home gym or improvise with  household items that can double as gym equipment.
  • Don’t forget to eat! Schedule time for having lunch, and take your lunch break away from your desk so you don’t get too distracted by work.

Things that can make working from home easier and (hopefully) more productive:

  • Take dedicated breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout and to reset your focus.
  • Establish regular work hours and stick to a schedule as best as you can to help you maintain some sort of routine and structure.
  • Give coworkers the benefit of the doubt. We are all under long-term, low grade stresses, so it’s important to be kind and patient with others.
  • Cut yourself some slack! You’re under stress as well. Make sure you’re focused on the important tasks and do your best at them. By prioritizing and focusing only on important tasks, you will not feel overwhelmed and be able to work more efficiently.
  • Make use of things like Do Not Disturb hours and adjust notification settings on your devices to avoid being bombarded by work 24/7.
  • Meal prep the night before to save time during lunch, vs. making food during lunch. It saves both time and energy during the workday.

Communication is key:

  • If there are other people in your home, make sure they understand when it’s ok to interrupt you and what times you’ll be working, etc.
  • Socialization is important, take time to catch up with coworkers in off-topic chats, video conference rooms, etc. You may not have a water cooler (or break room) anymore, but there are some great communication tools out here for interaction. (We use Zoom, Whereby, and Slack)
  • Set up scheduled meetings with your team to go over projects to keep everyone on the same page
  • Have a weekly virtual happy hour! Set up a time in the evening to socialize and catch up with your coworkers outside of work stuff to maintain that human connection.

The current situation has definitely taught us how to be resilient in difficult times of working during a global pandemic. The most important thing to remember in all of this is that we have to take care of each other so we can all be safe and healthy when we return back to the office, or if we continue to work from home for an extended period.

Do you have any WFH tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below! Stay safe and healthy out there!

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