Balanced You

We know this is a difficult time for all of us and it is taking some getting used to! We have pulled together some simple top tips for all our colleagues in the Greggs Family, if they are working at home or currently on furlough. You may have more great tips and ideas, if you do please send them into us via ‘Your Questions Matter’ and we can add your suggestions and top tips to this page!

 

Colleagues working from home:

Structuring your day

  • Plan to eat breakfast ahead of starting to work
  • Get dressed! It is very tempting to stay in pyjamas but if you dress comfortably, but with the mindset you are now at work this may help
  • Have a regular structure to the day –and plan your work schedule for the day. Spend the first and last 15 minutes of the day to create a ‘to do’ list for the day/next day
  • It’s important that you try and a create a routine to your working day - decide when your tea-breaks / lunch breaks will be and also decide when the workday will start and end
  • At the end of your day switch off your computer and tidy your papers away
  • If there are other people at home with you, then agree the structure of your day as a family or household

 

Try and find space

  • Try and find space for you to work and ask your family to give you the space you need where they can

 

Get out and about (if you are not self-isolating)

  • Working from home shouldn’t mean you stay indoors all day
  • You may miss the travel to your work base but you can still build exercise into your daily routine
  • This could be a walk around the block for fresh air, a run, taking the children out for a walk or taking the dog for a walk
  • A different perspective will help undo mental blocks and give you a fresh pair of eyes for any tasks you are struggling with

 

Stay Healthy and Drink Water

  • It is really tempting to keep popping into the kitchen for a snack. Try and keep your regular meal times in place
  • Remember to drink lots of water and keep hydrated

 

As a line manager with colleagues working from home:

  • How are you staying in contact with your team?
  • Do you have a regular daily / weekly check-in?
  • Can you use the different tools out there to keep in contact with your teams – Zoom, What’s App, FaceTime
  • Can you support your team by helping to structure their day?
  • Can you have a team meeting at the start of the week and end of the week to close off the week with a bit of fun built in! Wear a silly hat or outfit, every prepare a joke or a funny story from their week!

 

Colleagues who are furloughed

  • Have a regular structure to the day
  • Agree each day what your key objectives are, share those or write them down
  • Celebrate your achievements!
  • Decide on a treat for yourself at the weekend or in the evening - a family movie night, a board game, a long luxurious bath or an on-line yoga session
  • Ensure you build in your exercise plan and get some fresh air once a day, even if just a walk round the block
  • Are there any jobs in the house that you have never had time to do? – sorting out your wardrobe, cleaning your kitchen cupboards!
  • Can you volunteer to help anywhere locally or call some people who you know may have no-one to chat to?

 

Stay Healthy and Drink Water

  • It is really tempting to keep popping into the kitchen for a snack. Try and keep your regular meal times in place
  • Remember to drink lots of water and keep hydrated

 

As a line manager with colleagues who are furloughed

  • For those furloughed and with furloughed teams – do you have a WhatsApp group?
  • Can you post any funny photos?
  • Get people to show their achievements from the day or week?
  • Have they any pictures of their family/children/pets getting up to things?
  • Ask people to share new hobbies / baking pics
  • Can you run a competition e.g Clearing cupboards out, who has found the longest out of date food!
  • Recommend the best books to read, the best Netflix series or the funniest video on Facebook/You Tube!

 

We know there is a lot of information out there that can help and support you – please find the links to a couple of those sites below.

Remember that if you have anymore great tips and ideas that we can share with your Greggs Family colleagues then please send them into us via ‘Your Questions Matter’ and we can add your suggestions and top tips to this page!

If you are feeling anxious or worried about Covid-19 and need some advice around managing your own mental health, Mind have developed some fantastic information and guidance around managing your wellbeing

Their resources include top tips for relaxation, how to develop a wellbeing plan, building positive relationships, how to stay active whilst at home.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus

Checking in in your family, friends and colleagues is always important but during the coronavirus outbreak this will be more important than ever.

Find some helpful tips here: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/coronavirus