How Technology is contributing to our workplace wellbeing during Covid-19

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on May 21st, 2020

How Technology is contributing to our workplace wellbeing during Covid-19

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on May 21, 2020

For many of us, IT and technology have been a huge asset to the new working world we have all had to adapt to. Whilst the coming weeks will see many people return to work, other organisations may choose to adopt a more flexible working format.

 

Last week, for example, it was announced that Twitter would allow its employees to work from home indefinitely. In the statement, the spokesperson from Twitter attributed the company’s remote model success to their existing approach to flexible working and their IT infrastructure. 

 

“We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere,”

 

“The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen.”

 

Twitter will not be alone in this decision and we predict that many organisations will explore the potential of going remote. 

 

No matter what decisions are made, patterns of work will continue to change and this can be unsettling. Technology can help us navigate these changing times, but if you’re not all that tech-savvy it can feel like a huge headache. 

 

We have looked at some of the ways we feel people can create better relationships with their tech. When used efficiently, technology is an invaluable resource. 

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

 

If you have an IT department, use them! If not, ask colleagues for assistance. You should never feel embarrassed about asking for help with your tech. It’s better to quickly ask and move on than to spend hours trying to google an answer and getting nowhere. 

 

You will be much more efficient and productive if you ask for help as soon as problems arise. More importantly, you will avoid unnecessary stress that can significantly impact your wellbeing. 

 

Use spare time to learn new skills

 

If you have found that your workload has decreased or you have a quieter day and boredom strikes, try learning something new. Tech skills are always useful and incredibly desirable to employers. Many organisations will provide you with additional learning resources. If these aren’t available to you, there are plenty of free online guides/videos to turn to. 

 

Learning new skills is an investment in yourself. You will feel more confident in your abilities and your strong work ethic becomes an example to others. 

 

Maintain the social aspect of office work

Whilst we may all be enjoying the lack of commute and formal work attire; I think we can also agree that home working tends to turn us all a little stir crazy! Make sure it’s not all work and no play by keeping social interactions separate from your workload. Use your preferred software platform to carve out a space that is strictly for social chat only (pet pics welcome). You can also suggest team tea breaks via video calls and weekly social challenges to keep the office buzz alive! 

 

Just because we are physically distant, doesn’t mean we can’t stay closely connected. Get creative and use the technology available to you for more than just work-based tasks. 

 

Make video calling the new ‘quick email’

 

Nothing beats speaking to someone face to face and exchanging a smile to one another. When working from home it’s the small things that make the biggest difference to your day. Use video calls whenever you can: you will likely get the answer you need much faster and you also check-in with a colleague who might need a friendly smile. 

 

Let’s face it, working from home can get lonely. Try making the most of video calls to check in on colleagues. 

 

 

We would love to hear how you have used technology in recent weeks to contribute to your overall workplace wellbeing. Remember that what it comes to your wellbeing, never be afraid to speak up and ask for help. 

 

Whilst technology can be a great asset to us all, it’s not always the answer. Be kind to yourself and others during this time. 

 

 

If you need additional support, you can find a list of mental health helplines/resources by visiting the NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Support page. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

 

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