PA’s Tamsin Scobell, people and talent expert, is quoted in an article about fund managers working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The article notes that although video calling and the ability to access the same systems remotely allows people to continue to do their jobs, it has disrupted almost all other aspects of what was considered normal life. Leaders need to help their people maintain their working hours, even while they’re home and there are a number of ways they can do this.
The article looks at how working days can naturally be concluded so that teams aren’t working longer hours and then struggling to switch off. Some teams find that having a meeting right at the end of the day helps to bring the work day to a gradual end.
Tamsin explains that this can take the form of a virtual group meet-up after work. She says: “Then encourage your team to log off, shut down and put away their PCs when they are not working.”
Tamsin believes that the end of the work-day meeting could even be a book club, virtual yoga or another activity that abandons traditional office etiquette. She also feels that organisations also need to invest in technology that encourages good habits such as peer support programmes and virtual communities based on hobbies or wellbeing skills.
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