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How to Reduce Staff Post-Covid Stress on their Return Back to the Office

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Covid has been a trying time for many, for some, it was the isolation of not being able to spend time with family contrary to the annoyance of some having to spend every moment with them. Everybody has found different ways of dealing with their altered lifestyles and as workplaces begin to function anew, we need to find new ways of taking care of ourselves with our own physical and mental wellbeing in mind.

 

Taking Care of Your Physical Health

Several months ago, being allowed to go outside felt like the best thing ever, finding the motivation to do something while being in arm’s reach of my fridge has always been a struggle but the best way to reduce stress is to keep yourself physically active. By keeping yourself active you improve your mood, increase self-confidence while also helping you to relax while lowering symptoms of mild depression and anxiety, something that is vital with the added pressure of being within a functioning work environment. While many of us will no longer have as much time as we did during the lockdown, this is no excuse for cutting down on exercise and there is a vast array of things you can do during a workday to make sure that you keep active;

  • Turn your commute into a workout. Many people are still in a position where they are working from home but for those now leaving the safety of the nest, you can turn your commute into a chance to exercise by choosing to walk or cycle to work.
  • Utilise your lunch. If your workplace has a gym or is located close to a park you can take the opportunity to go for a jog or a quick workout also giving you the chance to take your mind off work,
  • Take active breaks. If you’re sat at a desk all day you may welcome the opportunity to have a quick walk every once in a while, this can give you a quick rest while also making your current task feel less all-consuming.

 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health  

Mental and Physical health come hand in hand and by boosting one you will likely also boost the other, this makes all the previous points about taking care of your physical health just as relevant in the mental space. By working in a positive environment that supports your mental health your productivity can go up as much as 12%. If you’re feeling stressed on your return to the office it’s important to learn the tells and try to alleviate the feelings you may be having, one of the techniques that can help is making a to-do list incorporating regular breaks, this can help in spreading the work out making it feel less overwhelming. Many people also identified that if they set themselves small achievable goals, they feel like they’ve achieved something while making their workload feel more manageable.

 

Reduce Stress Using Partitions

In order to make your employees feel safer and more focused, many companies have looked to set up portable partitions which separate areas of the office making each area feel more personal.

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Polycarbonate Covid Cubicle

Our personal recommendation is the Polycarbonate Covid Cubicle which is a stylish and durable partition built to offer a relaxing personal space to those within it helps in dealing with the stress of the day-to-day workplace.

View our Polycarbonate Covid Cubicles here.

 

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Countertop Single Screen

If you require something a bit more client-focused the Countertop Single Screen is perfect for you, utilising its clear glass to give clients an added element of being served personally.

View our Countertop Single Screens here.

 

Going back to the office post Covid is going to be a challenge, luckily there are lots of techniques we can utilise to take care of both our Mental and Physical Health in order to ensure that it never gets overwhelming.

 

Our range of portable office partitions can help make your office environment safer. The government has provided guidance for those who run offices, factories, and laboratories and they recommend the use of partitions. Learn more here.

 

Contact Us for Room Dividers & Partitions

We provide high-quality room dividers and protection screens that are manufactured in the UK to the highest European standards. Our range of COVID mitigation products can help you maintain social distancing. With our room dividers, you can partition certain areas to manage your staff and keep contact to a minimum. View our range of COVID-19 protection products here.

 

Call us on 01684 219774 or you can send us an email at sales@portablepartitionscompany.co.uk.

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