One of the major changes felt by everyone in the labour force is our working environment.
There is no doubt that some of the ‘temporary’ measures that have been implemented throughout the pandemic will go beyond this unique time.
How/When/If We Work
Whether that means new protocols, modified schedules, or an increase in virtual connections, we recognize the challenges that these adaptations present and would like to offer perspective on these employment transitions which puts our mental health at the forefront.
Are You Laid Off or Looking For Work?
Losing work is a highly stressful situation on the best of days, let alone during an ongoing pandemic with increased uncertainty to our financial and physical health.
While having any work at the moment is reason to be grateful, perhaps now can be seen as an opportunity to make (yet another) change and re-think our careers. If your current job does not fit in with your lifestyle anymore, or has more disadvantages than not, maybe it is worth exploring new hours (nights instead of days), a different field (something hands-on instead of technological), or somewhere local (less travel).
In Demand Industries
- Where working remotely is possible
- Transportation (truck drivers)
- Information technology
- Janitorial (cleaners)
If your job search has not been met with reasonable success, do not feel discouraged. There are many supports in the community available to help, free of charge! Check out some of the resources below for more information or call us at (705) 432-2444 to learn about our programs and services.
Are You Working From Home?
Hopefully, working from home has had some benefits like: maintaining your safety, allowing you to care for a loved one, or helping you to save time and money. However, working remotely can blur the lines of a work/life balance, which can increase stress levels and make you form unhealthy habits. To mitigate the risk of this occurring, try practicing the following:
- Physically Separate Work and Home. Designate an area which is only to be used for work, to help train your mindset into understanding your work is associated with that space. As tempting as it is, the bedroom is the last place where work should be conducted so you are able to fall asleep without intrusive thoughts about work activities.
- Be Conscious of Dividing Your Tools for work and your tools for home. For instance, refrain from using your work device for your personal use if possible.
- Combat Social Isolation. One of the perks of working on site is getting the opportunity to socialize with colleagues, customers, and the community. Be creative with your methods of communication- perhaps you can switch up e-mails with phone calls and video chats, or have a virtual lunch with your team once a week. Continue to stay in touch with your friends and family outside of work as well.
- Make a Clear End to your Workday. When your shift is over, try to get out of the house by going for a walk for example. Once you re-enter the home, remind yourself that work is over for today and now this is your home to cook, clean, or relax in. Have a plan for what you will be doing after work so that you don’t find yourself making your way back to your desk.
- Talk to Your Employer. If something isn’t working well for you, ask your supervisor if you can come up with something together that may improve your situation. Maybe it is more helpful if they send you a list of tasks to complete each day if you are not as self-directed, or maybe working extra hours in the evening can allow you to make the best use of your day.
- Set Attainable Work Goals Each Day. When things are broken down into tasks, even if it is small things you do each day anyway, it can feel rewarding to check off your to-do list. Having control over our workday results in reduced stress.
Thanks to frontline workers, we are able to get tested, treated, fed, protected, and connected. Your service and hard work is no small feat and we appreciate you. Sometimes it can be easier to put the needs of others before your own, but with the added stress of being at higher risk, it’s important to practice self-care.
- “By caring for myself, I can best take care of others.”
- “In order to be effective at my job, I need to also prioritize self-care.”
- “By working with my team when I can, instead of doing everything by myself, we can better help people stay healthy.”
- “Would I ever expect someone else to do what I am doing?”
Special shout-out to all of our caregivers and volunteers. We see you, we thank you, and we are grateful for you!
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.