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My journey to finding out how we can look after our own and others mental wellbeing in the workplace

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A consultant knows everything. They are a fountain of knowledge who has been there, done that, got the laptop sticker and a fat day rate to match. Right? Wrong. This was my take on what a consultant was before I actually became one. In this article, I reflect on lessons learned on my journey to becoming a consultant at Hippo Digital.

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A fresh approach

I joined Hippo Digital a year ago after making a lateral career shift from print based graphic design to UX. With this shift came a steep and messy learning curve as I attempted to absorb everything I could about user centred experience design, Government Design Standards and agile ways of…


Transitioning an office based team to become fully remote

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As ways of working are rapidly evolving, the workforce is having to adapt quickly to remote working. The transition from office based to remote is not an easy or painless process for teams and especially for managers who may have to adopt their approach and mindset to be effective within this new environment. Here are some considerations for managers who have recently moved to a remote working situation or those looking for tips to improve it.

Build strong foundations

These are the foundations upon which to build your fully functional remote team. Starting from a position of trust empowers your team to focus on working in a way which makes sense for them. The transition for teams can be a difficult one as the structure of an office environment…


Boundary setting for remote working

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For all its advantages remote working creates new challenges for organisations, managers, teams and individuals. It requires a shift in the way we communicate, collaborate and cooperate. It is not just about setting up a webcam and virtual meetings, it is a way of working that requires considerable adaptation from everyone to remain engaged and productive. In a series of blogs, we explore some of the big challenges often faced by remote workers and how they can be tackled.

Structure and boundary setting.

In the absence of a formal office structure and culture, you will find yourself having to start from scratch and attempt to build one at home. This means being strict on creating and sticking to boundaries about how you work remotely.

Keep regular hours.

This may have to flex with childcare or other…


When procrastination creeps in

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For all its advantages remote working creates new challenges for organisations, managers, teams and individuals. It requires a shift in the way we communicate, collaborate and cooperate. It is not just about setting up a webcam and virtual meetings, it is a way of working that requires considerable adaptation from everyone to remain engaged and productive. In a series of blogs, we explore some of the big challenges often faced by remote workers and how they can be tackled.

Motivation.

The first week of remote working is great, however this can become challenging as you realise this is the new norm. Some people may find this a more intuitive way of working for them as it allows for an integrated work life balance, but it’s not the case for everyone…


Recreating teamwork in a virtual space

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For all its advantages remote working creates new challenges for organisations, managers, teams and individuals. It requires a shift in the way we communicate, collaborate and cooperate. It is not just about setting up a webcam and virtual meetings, it is a way of working that requires considerable adaptation from everyone to remain engaged and productive. In a series of blogs, we explore some of the big challenges often faced by remote workers and how they can be tackled.

Collaboration.

Working in a team that works well in the office can be tricky, however translating all of those good practices and recreating teamwork remotely is even more challenging. There isn’t a one size solution to address the different needs, personalities and working styles of various teams. …


Minimising distractions at home

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For all its advantages remote working creates new challenges for organisations, managers, teams and individuals. It requires a shift in the way we communicate, collaborate and cooperate. It is not just about setting up a webcam and virtual meetings, it is a way of working that requires considerable adaptation from everyone to remain engaged and productive. In a series of blogs, we explore some of the big challenges often faced by remote workers and how they can be tackled.

Staying Focused.

It takes an average of 25mins to get back to an original task after being interrupted. For every interruption instant message, email, text, social media that can amount to a lot of lost time. When remote working it can seem like you are surrounded by distractions and it can be…


Feeling disconnected from the team and your organisation

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For all its advantages remote working creates new challenges for organisations, managers, teams and individuals. It requires a shift in the way we communicate, collaborate and cooperate. It is not just about setting up a webcam and virtual meetings, it is a way of working that requires considerable adaptation from everyone to remain engaged and productive. In a series of blogs, we explore some of the big challenges often faced by remote workers and how they can be tackled.

Loneliness.

The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime and a significant part of that is spent socialising with our colleagues on a day to day basis. When working remotely this socialisation aspect of our work life is lost leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. …


Creating effective and consistent connectivity with remote colleagues

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For all its advantages remote working creates new challenges for organisations, managers, teams and individuals. It requires a shift in the way we communicate, collaborate and cooperate. It is not just about setting up a webcam and virtual meetings, it is a way of working that requires considerable adaptation from everyone to remain engaged and productive. In a series of blogs, we explore some of the big challenges often faced by remote workers and how they can be tackled.

Communication.

The importance of communication, especially with remote workers, cannot be underestimated. Clear and timely communication helps align goals, build trust, strengthen working relationships and as a result boost morale. Having some simple guidelines on how everyone can communicate to one another efficiently is vital to the success of remote working.

Context is key.

Justine Middleton

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