It's a difficult time
Some people are suffering from illness or the illness of loved ones; others are facing imminent job loss or change; and yet others are socially isolated or stuck at locations away from home. All of us are united in our deep concern about the implications of coronavirus for our society and economy.
Work plays a vital role in maintaining individual and collective health and productivity in this uncertain future.
There are undoubtedly some perks of people working at home; no commuting being a big one. However, there are also some downsides and risks too, such as the potential for more distractions, and social isolation.
Fortunately there is considerable research evidence concerning how to maximise the benefits of working from home as well as how to minimize some of the downsides.
We provide some initial resources about how to enhance productivity and mental health and well-being of people working from home. Each day, we will provide a daily tip as a video and blog.
Find out about our
Working from Home survey
We led a global longitudinal research study on your current work experiences, the Thrive at Work at Home survey.
These are now the final results having screened out inappropriate / incomplete cases. Note that the most recent ABS data (2018) said 13% of people experience psychological distress, our survey shows has this number has doubled during the COVID-19 crisis.
Additional resources for Thriving at Work at Home
How managers can lead the way to healthy work environments
COVID-19 has drastically changed the face of our work life. Keeping your workforce mentally healthy has never been more important. Here, we look at strategies for creating a healthy work environment now – and into the future.
The Future of Work
In this joint podcast with Rebecca Cassells, Sharon Parker explores how the ‘working from home’ phenomenon has helped bolster Australia’s economy and how people can work most effectively from home to support their mental health.
Working from Home:
ABC radio interview
Professor Sharon Parker discusses the challenges of working from home and how to overcome them in an interview with Jessica Strutt (ABC Radio Perth).
Remote Managers Are Having Trust Issues
It seems that during the Covid-19 pandemic, some managers are having a hard time adjusting to managing employees without “line of sight.” Hand in hand with managers’ struggles, many employees are feeling the negative effects of close monitoring and distrust from their bosses. The good news is that these managers can be supported and trained to manage their employees more effectively from a distance.
This presentation from Sharon Parker will focus on how to ensure that working from home is healthy and productive. Professor Parker will first introduce the SMART model of work design.
Staying motivated while working remotely during a pandemic
In this Psychology Today blog post, Professor Marylene Gagne provides tips on how to stay motivated while monitoring
your psychological needs.
Need specific help or guidance for your team or organisation?
Your needs for supporting your workers might be unique to your situation. We provide rapid literature reviews, pulse checks on the mental health of your workers, in-depth customised surveys, Thrive at Work audits of mental health practices, evaluations of change, and more.