By Dr Nicola Cogan, Clinical Psychologist / Lecturer, University of Strathclyde & Dr Liza Morton, Counselling Psychologist
Working from home (WFH) as a public health measure in response to the pandemic has been a crucial factor in mitigating transmission of the virus, yet this has not been a choice for organisations or employees. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many corporations and governments have strongly encouraged workers to WFH. A YouGov poll revealed that in April 2020 52% of working adults were working from home during the lockdown; nearly 9 times as many compared to 2019. Yet, the impact of this unplanned shift in work culture on mental health is unclear. Several health risks of WFH have been identified including environmental, psychosocial and behavioural factors. This can include musculoskeletal injury from not having a suitable work station, social isolation and increased alcohol consumption. We have developed these ‘Ten Tips’ to support your mental health whilst WFH during the Covid19 pandemic.
'I’ve really missed the informal conversations with my colleagues and the social aspect of work… speaking to colleagues from out with my team who I used to speak to when I saw them in the office but do not need to speak to as part of my role'
See our University of Strathclyde webpage for updates about CPD events, including webinars on Mental Health & Working From Home and Trauma Awareness.
See also our 10 tips to protect your mental health in a time of coronavirus
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