Now that the UK is in its second lockdown of the year, the team at HDY Agency has mastered an efficient home working routine.
However, as this lockdown coincides with darker nights and shorter days, the challenge of looking after mental health and wellbeing has become one of increased significance.
A recent study by Vision Direct revealed that four in ten British office workers fear the adverse effects of working from home will have on their mental health.
HDY Agency’s utilisation of technological tools like Zoom and Slack to facilitate long-term remote working has been successful, and now these tools are being adopted to implement a wellbeing programme for the team.
The schedule of activities is designed to keep the lockdown blues at bay with a focus on physical and mental wellbeing and keeping the team connected.
The team started this week with a high intensity workout delivered by HDY’s Art Director Paul Power, who lived up to his name by getting the team feeling pumped and ready for the week ahead (once they’d caught their breath!)
Weeks will finish with a Friday games session to wind down and art therapy sessions will be delivered by the creative team, and staff will take it in turns to host live lunch cook-a-longs. The team will also be taking part in the 21 Day Food & Mood Challenge and live cookery classes to focus on nutrition.
HDY Account Director Sarah Pick is a trained yoga and meditation instructor and will be using her skills to deliver weekly sessions to the rest of the team.
HDY co-founder Angel Gaskell highlighted how important it is to have a programme like this in place.
“Keeping the team safe during this pandemic is as much about looking after mental wellbeing in isolation as it is staying physically safe in the face of the virus. We hope that these activities will keep the team united in good spirits until we can be together in the office again.”