In times of remote working and hybrid teams, having a proactive and preventative approach to wellbeing can be fundamental to the overall health of an individual. An individual or team having high levels of wellbeing links to important organisational outcomes, such as increased productivity and higher employee retention.
Not only are we having to adapt to different ways of working, we are going through unprecedented times and having to be innovative and work in ways that are alien to us.
So, how we can support ourselves, our team and each other to be resilient and come out of these time stronger?
At Bailey & French, when we talk about positive wellbeing, we talk about taking a proactive approach to build resilience. This means focusing and creating more opportunities to experience positive emotions, being engaged in your work, maintaining positive relationships and connections, connecting what you are doing to your purpose and acknowledging what you can accomplish every day. When we do this, we help ourselves and others to better face challenges positive and see the opportunities to grow.
But how can we do this? Here are some of our top tips for building our personal resilience and maintaining high levels of wellbeing:
Gratitude Journaling – take some time in the beginning of the day or towards the end of the day to reflect on 3 things you are grateful for and why you are grateful for them. Research has found that if we do this for 2 weeks, 6 months later you will still experience higher levels of wellbeing.
3 Positive Things – this is similar to gratitude journaling, but you can easily do it with yourself, your team and your family at home. Ask yourself, what are 3 things I am positive about right now (these can also be things you ae looking forward to or that have recently happened). The reason this is so effective is because it reframes how we look at the world and rather than focusing on all the uncertainties, focus on the things that we are grateful for.
Humour – make sure to have moments of laughter with others. At Bailey & French we use Yammer to share news and send gifs and make sure we are having fun whilst at work. It’s a great way to build meaningful human connections.
Consciously Playing to Strengths – we are more easily able to get in a state of flow and ‘peak performance’ when we are playing to our strengths. To do this you can choose one of your strengths and consciously play to it during whatever activity you are doing. For instance, if creativity is one of your strengths, find some new and creative to do every week.
Strengths journaling: at the end of the day, reflect on your highlight of the day. Which strengths were you using at the moment? This will help you reflect on your strengths and be able to then use them to get more in flow.
Feedback: especially when working from home, it is important we still get feedback on our work. You can easily do this by working collaboratively and sharing your work. This means sharing it with your colleagues even when it might not be complete yet.
Huddles: Start having a morning huddles where your team can share what they want to achieve for the day. You can also have evening huddles to discuss your achievements. It enables people to keep feeling connected to their colleagues by knowing what they are working on and at the same time seeing how we can collaborate, even when working remotely.
Sprints: similarly, you can work with different pods every day/week where we check-in 4 times during the day and share what we are working on for the next sprint. This is a great way to keep in contact with the rest of the team while also staying accountable and focused while working form home.
Nature: go outside and make sure you have a little walk in nature during your breaks. here is nothing like nature to remind you that you are part of something bigger than yourself. It is also really important to take a break from staring at your computer for most of the day. If you can’t go outside, at least make sure to open your window and try to spot a bit of green.
Have your why visible: take a moment to reflect on why do you do the work that you do. How does your work give you meaning? Find a way to regularly remind yourself, especially when you loose focus or motivation, in what ways your job is meaningful for yourself and for others around you.
Know what drives your team: you can use the sprints and huddles to not only check-in with each other but also to talk about what people find meaningful. Check-in with each other and ask yourselves, ‘what am I going to do to be meaningful to others and to my organisation?’.
Quick wins: breaking up your day in sprints can help with feeling more accomplishment when you achieve what you set out to do for that sprint. When we have a big project or task to do, it can be quite demotivating. Instead when you make short goals for the next 2 hours, it’s easier to see how far you have already come and it can feel less daunting.
Self-praise/reflections: it is important to recognise our own achievements and spend time reflecting on what went well during the day, especially when working from home by yourself. In the office, it is much easier to give praise and feedback to each other when a call went well or somebody wrote a good document but when others can’t see what you’re doing it’s important to be honest with yourself and recognise and celebrate when you did something well.
SMART+ goals: make your goals for the day and week realistic. It’s so important to make goals specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based so that you know exactly when you have achieved it.
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If you have any other questions on how you can support yourself and your team to build their positive wellbeing and resilience, please get in contact with someone from our team.