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Working from home will be the trend until next year and with things becoming busier again, it’s important to ensure that proper health and safety measures are in place at home. This is important for not only our physical health but our mental health as well. Without a team to support you in person, it’s important to be aware of your work setup and explore how your organization can support your needs in any way.

One of the most important things as seen with our post last week, is that there must be work-life balance. Setting up a schedule and setting boundaries is crucial to preventing burnout. Taking breaks to stretch or even have a breather, and doing some physical exercise are all beneficial ways to manage stress and ensure your mind is getting the rest it needs to stay motivated. Check some of these simple stretches that you can do yourself or even try them out as a group virtually with your team. Virtual group stretching or workout times is a great way to connect and engage with your teammates even if you are not together in person. 

It’s also important that your workstation set up is ergonomically safe and reduces the risk of injuries. Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) has many helpful resources to ensure that your home office set up is one that is beneficial to you and conducive to your productivity. Not sure if your workstation setup is working for you? Here is a quick checklist to help you evaluate if your current setup is the best it can be, or you can check out some these tips to learn more about the things that you may not have even considered even when you were working in the office:

Our health is of utmost importance during this time and taking little steps like the ones listed by WSPS can ensure that your physical and mental wellbeing is taken care of. Check in on fellow teammates and reach out to new team members that are starting new roles during this time. Going that extra mile not only fosters a strong foundation as a team, it also allows individuals to feel comfortable knowing they are supported, cared for, and valued even if its on a virtual basis.