While the nation is trying to slowly move out of lockdown, a lot of people will most likely still be working from home for a while. Time to look back (and forward) to see how our staff and volunteers are coping with lockdown and evaluate the ups and downs when working from home. We asked our volunteer counsellor Jenn a few questions:
Who are you “locking down” with?
I am 'locking down’ with my partner and our lovely dog Syria
How are you working differently during lock-down?
I am working very differently, I am seeing all clients online and having all my supervision via Zoom. This is a completely new experience for me
What’s your favorite working from home perk?
Being with my partner and dog Syria and being able to eat lunch together and catch up. I really cherish these moments and listening to the birds outside I’ve noticed they are much louder during this lockdown
What do you miss about working at the office?
I miss personal interactions and catching up on the news first hand, seeing everyones faces and welcoming smiles
Any WFH tips?
Practical I think it’s really important to take regular breaks, set a working schedule and try and stick to it, working from home can sometimes mean deciding to work longer hours into the late evenings. I have found it really useful to stop looking at emails and phone messages, switch everything off. Also really having the mindset to embrace this time, appreciate this new way to approach work and life.
What helps you manage your well-being during lock-down?
I have to take Syria out for walks so this gives me exercise time, listening to music and having a little shake out is also useful and I have found myself writing more poetry too, which I really love doing.