Communication: It can be underestimated the positive impact your colleagues can have with the “Good Morning” “How was your weekend?” inane chat, being able to ask quick and simple questions whenever needed, being able to discuss your frustration with something you are struggling on, with people who understand your role and demands of the business. Make sure you schedule time for communications with colleagues, this can be with your supervisor/manager/team leader to discuss your progress, workload, any challenges you are facing etc but also with other work colleagues that you would normally be seeing and talking to. Think about different modes of communication, texts are great with quick questions but don’t just rely on texting and emailing, it’s important to have telephone conversations and even better face to face via some form of webcam platform.
Remember your DSE training: Look at how you have set up your workspace and think about any improvements that can be made. If you are working from a laptop – have you got a separate keyboard and/or mouse to enable you to position yourself correctly? Try moving the laptop around and raising it (the Guinness Book of Records works well!). You may only have access to a normal dining room chair, but you can still be keeping a good posture. Are your feet flat on the floor? Are you sitting upright and forward towards the screen? Are your shoulders relaxed, or almost touching your ears?