Wellbeing in the Virtual Work Environment: Tips and Considerations

Consider the following tips for wellbeing in the virtual working environment:

  1. Preparing for your work day: Get up, have your morning beverage or breakfast of choice, enjoy a morning routine of stretching, walking or yoga, or whatever you enjoy typically, and do get dressed for work. It provides a positive energy and a sense of active engagement with your working environment.
  2. The importance of setting boundaries: One of the biggest challenges of working from home is separating work from personal time. Set clear boundaries around when you start and end work, take breaks, and turn off work notifications outside of work hours. Establish a dedicated workspace, set specific work hours, and stick to them as much as possible
  3. Creating a dedicated workspace: Create a dedicated workspace that is comfortable and conducive to productivity. This could be a separate room or just a corner of your home that you can use for work. Make sure you have a good chair, with chair, desk and monitor height appropriate to avoid tension in your shoulders and neck, and support good posture.
  4. Taking breaks: It can be easy to get lost in work when you’re at home, but it’s important to take regular breaks to avoid burnout. Use your breaks to stretch, take a walk, or do something that helps you relax. Turn your head away from the two-dimensional screen regularly, to rest your eyes in a natural 3 dimensional environment.
  5. Staying connected & communicate regularly: Communication is fundamental when working remotely. Schedule regular check-ins with your team, and make sure to stay in touch throughout the day. This will help you stay connected and avoid feeling isolated.
  6. Managing time and staying organized: Use your time wisely by avoiding multitasking and prioritizing tasks. Use tools like calendars and timers to manage your time effectively. Set clear goals for yourself to track your work and progress.  Keep a to-do list or use a project management tool to help you stay on track and manage your time effectively. Keeping a balanced routine is very fruitful in keeping on track and motivated.
  7. Practicing self-care: It’s important to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Consider taking a yoga class, sketching, playing with your dog, cooking, going for a run, meditating, or engage in any activity you enjoy to help reduce stress and stay focused.
  8. Using technology effectively: There are a variety of tools available that can help you be more productive when working from home. Use tools like video conferencing, collaboration software, and productivity apps to help you stay on top of your work and communicate effectively with your team.

By implementing these tips, you can improve your wellbeing and productivity, and thrive in the virtual working environment.

By Ingrid Beute
Ingrid Beute Career Consultant, Engineering & Science & Career Champions Program Coordinator