There is no sugar coating the fact that social isolation is tough. For a country with a rich history of mateship, we are accustomed to our personal displays of affection and sharing our time socially throughout our communities.
This is no different in our workplaces. We live for the tales of our weekend escapades, sharing what we are all binging on Netflix or simply admiring the culinary skills of a colleague as the smell of their leftovers wafts over the office at lunchtime. The office is our second home.
Globally, the last few months have been a challenge we could have never predicted. Our worlds have been turned up-side-down and inside out. A quick glance of the news each night is enough to unsettle the strongest mind. This challenge is real, and it is testing us all.
I was speaking with a close friend of mine the other day and we were discussing how each of us was handling our ‘iso hours’ as we have nicknamed them. As our discussion passed about the virus and onto our own emotions we both noticed a profound feeling of gratitude.
My friend runs a small business and is by definition, a ‘workaholic’. Spending long hours away from his young family and putting on hold the relationships in his life to achieve his own business goals and to provide for his family.
This is a common story echoed by many Australians. Over time, we have forgotten what is most important to us all – connection. Connection to our families, our physical being as well as our mental toughness.
Whilst the mortality rate of the coronavirus may only disproportionately affect older Australians, we must all do our best to keep our immunity at it’s highest levels to fight off the chance of infection. Again, we must all do our own part.
For some, it can hard to conjure motivation to stay fit and active in their own homes. The temptation of ambling across the hallway to the kitchen cupboard for snacks at all times of the day is part of their daily isolation struggles. For others, it could be that they are accustomed to their group fitness classes and the enjoyment of slogging it out with their mates. The challenge just isn’t there to keep the spark alight.
Research has shown that social isolation could have far greater health impacts on our communities than the virus itself. Remaining connected is the greatest challenge for us all.
Over the next few months, I will be sharing our ideas with you on how both you and your workplace can adopt our ‘Thriving in isolation’ strategy to help continue to build a strong workplace culture away from the office. With advice on setting up workplace challenges, goal setting and how simple changes to your environment can help you thrive in isolation.
Out first tip is our weekly challenge that the Formline team has brainstormed to keep our bodies and our mind firing on all cylinders.
How does it work?
Take a look at our breakdown video below for a simple points guide to fire up the competitive nature in your office.
We are using our project management tool – ClickUp to keep track of our scores, with final tallies calculated each week to reveal our winner each week. ClickUp is a brilliant cloud-based management tool that has been invaluable to our business, allowing us to develop, plan, track and analyse our performance across our departments.
Keep your eyes posted to our blog and our social channels for more tips and tricks on how you can ‘Thrive in isolation’.
We would love to see your business take up our challenge so don’t forget to share your results on Linkedin.
Stay safe everyone and look after each other.