Lone working ‘new normality’

Lone working and well-being 

Workforces often rely on staff working remotely but Covid19 has turned the world on its head. 

We originally wrote this article in what seemed like a different age, by that we mean that period of time before we became a locked down society who are (where still able) predominantly working from home and focused on staying physically healthy, but the impact of working in this way might be acutely felt by those who are having little contact with others outside those who they are locked down with.

Lone workers are away from direct supervision and face to face interaction with colleagues. This blog offers hints and tips to manage working as an individual.

Lone working doesn’t necessarily mean lonely

It is important to draw out this point first, often people enjoy the autonomy and freedom that lone working brings, but by the very nature of job roles, of a remote field force and working away from home there is a greater risk of experiencing loneliness as a result.

Social lives versus social media

We are not going to sit here and preach about screen time and how social media discourages face to face interaction because it plays a part in a modern society and enables us to stay in touch. But how much time do you actually spend engaging with others only by this means, could you make a call instead of sending an email or a text?

Reduce Stigma encourage talk

We are advocates of the importance of not bottling things up, we all feel lonely at times so being able to discuss this with, colleagues, friends and family is an important first step in addressing the problem, if work based loneliness is the issue, make sure that you speak to your line manager, it could be alleviated by an increase of virtual check-ins with them or increased frequency for team meetings.

Ways to manage loneliness

  1. Eat Well and Exercise. The benefits of eating well and exercise can’t be overstated as they support so many of the other factors highlighted below: they help give you energy, maintain your health and in doing so helps improve your mental health.
  2. Get outside- light increases happiness, focus, and the increase in vitamin D helps fight depression. It also encourages you to exercise, which also contributes to your overall happiness and productivity. So to combat loneliness fight the urge to stay inside, know it’s best for you to get outside even if it’s the last thing you want to do and make the most of your exercise hour.
  3. Sleep-An indicator of loneliness can be inconsistent sleep: taking a long time to fall asleep, waking up during the small hours and not sleeping deeply enough can all be detrimental. The benefits of sleep, like exercise and eating well cannot be overstated.
  4. Treat Yourself-Whether you’re in a good place or a bad, make sure you take the time to treat yourself, this isn’t ‘selfish’ but helps you to slow down and relax. Loneliness can be tough on our bodies and souls so it’s important to do something restorative and to treat yourself well.
  5. Keep to a routine-Try to keep to getting up at the same time, taking meals away from your laptop and keep weekends separate from weekdays.

Stay safe and for now stay at home.