Psychological Coping Tips for Staff Working from Home During Outbreak
21/02/2020: Matilda Hospital
Many companies extend the period for staff to work from home to help reduce the risk of contracting the Novel Coronovirus. While the latest virtual technology has helped combating reduced work performance and morale by connecting teams that work remotely, there are known psychological risks by remaining socially isolated and possibly lacking accountability for a prolonged period of time. These include: low mood or depression, boredom, irritability, lassitude, anxiety, “cabin fever,” excessive worries or risks of obsessive-compulsive behaviours, reduced cognitive functions such as impaired memory and concentration, and increased poor health habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption or snacking.
What could business leaders and companies do to counteract these challenges and manage these risks?