Whether on campus or Agile Working including working from home, maintaining your own Health and Wellbeing and that of others is important. Here are some useful tips and resources including Queen’s Employee Assistance Programme.
Health and Wellbeing
- Follow a daily routine. Plan your daily and weekly activities, try not to schedule back-to-back Teams meetings and make sure to take regular breaks during the day.
- Get up and get outside. Step away from your screen and follow the PHA advice to get 10,000 steps per day. Try to schedule a walk or some exercise at some time during the day that works for you, and get outside when you can.
- Prioritise your sleep. Try to stick to your regular bedtime and get restorative sleep every night.
- Don’t overlook your own mental health. It’s normal to feel anxious at the moment. Remember to reach out and seek help if you are struggling.
Our Wellbeing Team have compiled lots of useful information and resources for staff which you can find on the Staff Wellbeing pages.
All Queen’s staff can access our Employee Assistance Programme, run by Inspire Wellbeing. This is a confidential and free helpline for staff that can be accessed at any time. Further support and information is also available for staff through the Inspire Wellbeing Hub.
Working from home can often mean the lines between home and work life become blurred. You might find that members of your team are working different patterns now and that might mean that you’re receiving emails emails. Read our guide to Preventing an ‘Always on’ Culture, for some tips on how to manage this.
LinkedIn Learning Resources
LinkedIn Learning is freely available to all Queen’s staff, it offers some courses which might be helpful when considering how you can improve your wellbeing while working from home. The collections include advice on:
- Enhancing resilience
- Dealing with Grief, Loss and Change as an Employee
- Supporting your Mental Health While Working from Home
- Avoiding Burnout
- Mindful Meditations for Work and Life
- Managing Your Emotions at Work
Maintaining strong relationships with the rest of your team can help boost your mood and keep your productivity high, so why not try these tips to keep your team connected while working either on campus or as part of a hybrid team?
- Schedule a weekly group check-in. This could be a shared coffee or lunch break where everyone is encouraged to turn on their cameras and say hello in person.
- Encourage at-home and on-campus exercise, or host a daily steps or workout challenge.
- Share recipe ideas or start a virtual book club.
- Set up a shared space such as a Teams channel where colleagues can post questions, start discussions or share ideas with one another.
- Establish a buddy system within your teams. This ensures that everyone has a point of contact aside from their manager, someone they can check in with and have a chat either on-campus or virtually.
- Encourage staff to engage in our Staff Mentoring Programme to expand their networks and build connections.
- Promote our Staff Coaching Service, as a way of staying connected.
Flexible Working and Time Off
Queen’s is committed to supporting our staff and we urge you to remain in close contact with your line manager and colleagues and in particular, to keep your manager updated regarding your circumstances. If you do need to work flexibly to accommodate your circumstances, please speak to your manager about changes that can be made, for example, different working patterns.
Note: If you are unable to complete your work via flexible working arrangements and need time off, please speak to your manager. You can also visit our Flexible Working webpages.