As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, Discovery Health Partners employees are grateful to work remotely to help slow the spread of the disease. Discovery implemented remote and work-from-home capabilities over a year ago, which positions us extremely well to continue to support our clients’ business with minimal to no interruptions. In fact, we’ve already seen that our business model has helped us continue to be the partner our clients need in these very trying times.
But let’s be honest. In recent days, school closures and state ‘shelter in place’ orders across the country have created additional challenges for those who must now juggle both working and learning from home. Recognizing that many are grappling with these new routines, we are providing a list of best practices Discovery employees are using to stay connected.
1. Communicate, communicate, communicate
You can still stay close with coworkers while remaining socially distant. Now more than ever, it is vital to remain transparent regarding projects and work life so that everyone is on the same page and shares the same expectations. This could mean daily brief work huddles, a quick text, more meetings, or in some cases, less meetings. Teams should come together on what will work best for them and what is needed.
2. Establish a workspace and routine
Whether you are working from home alone or with a partner or family, setting up a designated workspace and schedule will help break up the day into more manageable parts. In the office, you might start your morning by grabbing a cup of coffee or tea and prioritizing emails. Replicating that same routine at home can bring normalcy into this ‘new normal.’ If you have children who are tackling distance learning and virtual assignments, make sure they are sticking to their typical school routines (e.g., lunch, recess) as well. And more importantly, set up times to answer any questions. This will help them not only remain engaged but also establish good habits in their later years.
3. Take breaks and stay active
When working from home, it’s easy to get trapped into a mindset that you need to appear available every minute of the day. But breaks are just as important at home as they are in the office or school. Make sure to carve out some time to step away, minimize eye strain, and regroup. You can use this time to take lunch, talk with your partner and/or children, or go on a quick walk or run. You’ll find stepping away can help bring priorities into greater clarity and help you stay more productive throughout the day. And regular exercise is good medicine for both mental and physical health.
It’s hard to predict what lies ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic runs its course. And adjusting to a new routine in a new world can seem overwhelming at times. In the face of these challenges, there are opportunities to invest in connections with each other and transform the way we work. Please take care of yourself, and remember, we will get through this together.
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