ARTICLE: A balancing act. Four ways to thrive in a post-pandemic world.


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A balancing act. Four ways to thrive in a post-pandemic world.

Three years ago, the pandemic changed how the world works and does business. Employees are no longer tied to the same desk, day in and day out, or even the same country.

If you’re just starting your career, remote and hybrid work can feel isolating. Thankfully, there are ways you can get ahead without sacrificing your mental health.

1 Find your flow.

If your workplace offers flexible working arrangements, give them a try. It’s a great way to develop a working style that brings you more harmony and balance. Start by finding a space in your home that feels healthy and productive. And take the time for self-care activities and catching up with friends.

Working from home isn’t for everyone. For some, it offers a chance to set their own pace, free of distraction. But it can also be a lonely experience that leaves you feeling unmotivated. Always put your mental health first. There’s no shame in seeking a different arrangement or even a new role.

2 Make yourself heard.

When we’re struggling, we tend to give off non-verbal cues that a good manager will pick up on. Working remotely, though, signs of mental ill-health can be easily missed. It’s important to speak with someone you trust and be open about what you’re going through.

A good workplace will have regular check-ins where people can listen and share. It might feel intimidating, but don’t shy away from joining in. It will bring you closer to your colleagues and give you an opportunity to talk about something other than work.

3 Seek a mentor.

Early in the pandemic, many organisations shifted almost overnight to remote and hybrid working. They were uncertain of the impact this would have on employees, particularly those just starting out. Once it became clear that this change was here to stay, the focus shifted to how organisations can be more supportive.

To find that support, look for a good mentor. All-in virtual catchups have made senior employees much more approachable. This then leads to insightful conversations around mental health and everyday struggles. Make the most of these discussions. Hear what your managers have to say and don’t be afraid to reach out. They could become a strong mental health ally going forward.

4 Remember to clock off.

With hybrid and remote work, we can sometimes forget to switch off at the end of the day. You might feel like your job has become a 24-hour, on-call experience. Don’t buy into that feeling. Just because someone sends you an email at midnight, doesn’t mean you need to respond right away. Setting boundaries is the best way to protect yourself from burnout.

Feeling lonely does not mean that you’re on your own. If you do struggle to keep up in a virtual environment, reach out to a co-worker. They could have some valuable advice and coping tools to share. Your organisation probably also has mental health resources and people that can help.

For more tips on turning the challenges of today’s workplaces into opportunities, head here.