13 Tips for Manufacturing Employees Restarting Work — Occupational Health & Safety

13 Tips for Manufacturing Employees Restarting Work -- Occupational Health & Safety

As standard operations and the pace of production starts to revert to normal, both employers and employees must consider the possibility of physical deconditioning. Letter writers explain why police officers live outside the city they work in, inform the public about the use of force and say farewell to Barr’s Pharmacy. Large numbers of students did not participate in online learning in the spring. Now, schools have to do better. With the cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) skyrocketing globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) is now warning the public to avoid routine dental procedures to reduce the risk of infection. Play can feel silly, unproductive and time consuming. And that’s precisely the point. You’re likely to be doing it for a while—now is a good time to find a sustainable setup for the coming months.

13 Tips for Manufacturing Employees Restarting Work

As standard operations and the pace of production starts to revert to normal, both employers and employees must consider the possibility of physical deconditioning.

Manufacturing jobs are often physically demanding. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many employees with “non-essential” jobs spent months either not working or working reduced hours. As standard operations and the pace of production starts to revert to normal, both employers and employees must consider the possibility of physical deconditioning—negative changes to the body that develop over time due to reduced physical activity. Restarting work after physical deconditioning occurs places employees at higher risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It can also affect production standards by reducing employee productivity and product quality.

As you restart work, you may notice some of the following:

Reduced muscle strength

The average adult can lose up to three percent of muscle strength per day. Over the course of multiple weeks, it is easy to see how a noticeable reduction in strength might occur if an individual is maintaining sedentary behavior.

Reduced cardiovascular fitness and physical endurance

Much like your muscles, over time your heart can lose strength with a lack of physical activity. A weaker heart makes it more challenging to quickly pump blood to working muscles during physical activity. This will cause the body to fatigue more quickly due to less oxygen and energy molecules getting to the working muscles. Less oxygen getting to your muscles and tissue means lactic acid build-up; this will contribute to earlier muscle fatigue and delayed-onset muscle soreness following the activity.

Reduced range of motion

Extended periods of time with reduced activity will likely limit one’s ability to extend or bend certain body segments. Your body’s joints will have less elasticity and you’ll experience increased muscle stiffness. This may require you to change the way you complete certain tasks when returning to work in order to reduce the risk of muscle strain.

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Author: By Blake McGowanAug 14, 2020

Letters for Aug. 14: There’s a reason police live outside the city they work

Letters for Aug. 14: There’s a reason police live outside the city they work

The location of my job was a secondary consideration. We always moved to the best school district and the best school located in that district. Give our “men in blue” a break. Norfolk Public Schools are not competitive with Virginia Beach or Chesapeake public schools. I do not believe, sadly, that the average police officer can afford to send his or her child/children to the extremely expensive private schools in Norfolk. Address the problem. Fix the schools.

Sometimes use of force is necessary by police. That’s why it is called “police force.” When a person is violent and will not obey a police command to stop his or her violence, the police are authorized by the citizens of the community to use force to stop his or her violent actions.

That does not mean unnecessary or unreasonable force. The reasonableness is difficult for some people to agree upon. Long after a situation is ended, one may believe the amount of force was not necessary. But prejudice and personal feelings may influence that belief. It is also possible that a police officer in that situation may use more than the force necessary if he has personal feelings and bias against the unruly person.

The general rule is what a reasonable person would consider appropriate under the circumstances. A police officer may use the force necessary, but only that which is necessary.

There have been times when police officers have lost their lives in encounters with violent, unruly offenders. When you are in the heat of physically grappling with a violent person during which your own life is endangered, the amount of force necessary is determined by the violator. You continue using the force of which you are capable until he or she stops.

When the legislative bodies discuss the use of force policies of police, they must put aside emotions, and sensibly and calmly discuss the facts from both sides of the matter. Then come to a sensible, enforceable conclusion.

Back then, I consulted a new-to-Tidewater doctor who decided to write a prescription for me. He asked me where I’d like for him to send it. “I usually go to Barr’s,” I replied. In response, he stared at me in unbelieving horror. I soon figured out that, in his mind, he had surgically removed one of the Rs from the name.

Steve Emmert, Virginia Beach

I was so sad to find that Barr’s Pharmacy is closing. They were dedicated guys who always were willing to go above and beyond to help us with our pharmaceutical needs. Always welcomed me with a smile. They also would deliver our prescriptions. I will be lost without them.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for us. Will miss you all terribly.

Debbie Gozzard, Virginia Beach

I was a fifth grader or so when we were told to add the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance, which was already perfect, if not followed in practice by the tyrants-in-charge. I had seven more years to go in the public schools of Hampton and Newport News for someone to explain the reason(s) for the addition. For someone to explain that fear of Soviet Russia was somehow tied to atheism. There was never an explanation given.

Correcting errors in the way history is viewed and taught is not the same as rewriting it, and initially the pendulum will always swing past the point of realizing our hopes, back and forth, creating new havoc until it can settle properly. It isn’t even necessarily a matter of race. Al Sharpton University? Years ago, Sharpton put both feet into the Tawana Brawley affair.

Certainly, denouncing George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, or today’s Sharpton for proving that even they are human after all, is a pendulum swing too far. Rather than cry against the effort to correct our view of history, we should be more concerned about damping the pendulum’s motion.

Time to do something to aid these families.

Judy Letchworth, Poquoson

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Author: The Virginian-Pilot | Aug 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM

A tough task for NY schools: How to track attendance in an online world?

A tough task for NY schools: How to track attendance in an online world?

Few things are as basic to the classroom experience as a teacher taking attendance, a concept that, like almost everything else in the world of pandemic education in New York, now has to be rethought.

Schools took a variety of approaches to attendance in the spring. Districts that held mandatory live class meetings took attendance like they would in a classroom. Those were almost always districts with means.

Some New York districts required students to fill out daily check-in forms for attendance or counted completed work as daily attendance. Others instructed parents to contact the school if a child was not participating in online learning that day and otherwise assumed them present. 

As a result, attendance figures from the spring may not accurately reflect the level of participation in online learning. Teachers shared anecdotes of only three or four students appearing for online classes or students who never logged on. Some parents say they rarely heard from their child’s teacher, and no one seemed to be checking in.

“In many schools and districts, large numbers of students did not log on or otherwise participate in online learning opportunities,” according to the State Education Department’s reopening guidance, which steered the opening plans each district had to craft for the fall.

“It is therefore critical for schools to use a variety of creative methods to reach out to students and their families who did not engage in distance learning.”

According to the guidance, schools are responsible for developing a specific mechanism to take attendance and track “teacher/student engagement” regardless of school setting. 

The guidance acknowledges that “certain hybrid models may not lend themselves to every content teacher connecting with every student enrolled in their class every day.” It suggests schools assign homeroom teachers or advisors as daily attendance contacts in districts where students will not necessarily be attending live classes every day that they are home.

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The state is also encouraging schools to exhaust all possibilities to address absenteeism before they take the more drastic measure of starting educational neglect or Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) proceedings, something the guidance says should be “a last resort.”

The guidance recommends districts call or text parents, find adults in the school who are already connected with the student to reach out or even use a student’s friends or social media to make contact. 

“Once contact is made, emphasis should be on addressing the student’s or family’s barriers to ‘attendance’ or engagement with instruction,” the guidance said.

Tracking attendance and participation will be particularly important in New York’s urban districts. Students there will face a variety of challenges that their wealthier peers will not: difficulty accessing the internet, for instance, or finding time and space to study while their parents are working.

The advocacy group Education Trust New York urged districts to assign “allies” to students to check in on them every day, whether in-person or remotely, and make sure they’re engaged and on-track. That suggestion is echoed in the state guidance. 

“Maximizing in-person instruction within health and safety parameters is obviously a goal,” Education Trust New York Executive Director Ian Rosenblum said earlier this month. “Where that’s not possible, we’re looking for how districts are using live instruction and meaningful daily interaction between teachers and students as a way to provide remote or distance learning.”

In the spring, the Rochester City School District reported an 86% daily contact rate with its students. Contact could mean anything from logging into a classroom learning platform to exchanging text messages with a teacher.

“That’s a pretty good number, but we’d love more,” Lynda Quick, then the deputy superintendent, said in May. She now serves as superintendent of the Wheatland-Chili district.

On the other hand, it’s possible for a school to become overzealous. Some parents grew frustrated in the spring, Quick said, after receiving daily messages from five or six well-meaning teachers.

Rochester’s publicly posted reopening plan currently states that attendance will be taken daily and the administration will support teachers and families relative to student engagement. The attendance section of Syracuse Central School District’s plan is similar, stating that the district will collect and report daily engagement data. 

Buffalo’s plan goes into detail about their anticipated efforts to get students to engage, stating that the district’s attendance policy “will be updated to reflect a paradigm shift from punitive measures for missing school, to a more restorative and accountability-driven methodology for reconnecting students and families to school.”

The district’s plan also says that non-teaching staff in each school building will be assigned groups of students to check in with daily.

Yonkers’ plan recommends that teachers use daily exit assignments to track the attendance of students at home and says they will be using data reports to identify students at-risk of chronic absenteeism so they can intervene before the problem begins.

Resources are often the best predictor of whether or not a child will struggle with absenteeism, both in school and virtually, said New Rochelle Assistant Superintendent Anthony Bongo. 

Access to technology, awareness of technology, transportation to school, access to food, parents present in the home — lack of any of those things can impede students’ ability to attend school.

New Rochelle had better participation in the spring than expected, Bongo said, about 90% participation from their elementary students and roughly 75% from high school. The protocol was that if a student didn’t log on for two days, the teacher placed a call to the parent. If that didn’t work, it went to the principal and up the ladder until they eventually had to call in a wellness check if they could not get in contact.

Many of their attendance issues turned out to stem from broken computers, Bongo said. The district, which just announced that it will have an all-virtual opening in September, is planning to nurture attendance by providing technology and treating online school just like in-person.

“Our expectation is that this is school,” Bongo said. “Our virtual platform will be designed and operated like this is school. We expect the same attendance. … Whatever technological or research-based information we have to use to get to that point, we are going to do it.”

Many districts are planning to utilize a combination of technology and manpower to bring their virtual or hybrid attendance up to par with a regular school year. 

Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Eric Rosser said in the spring, teachers would notify their building principal if students were not actively involved in online sessions. But in the fall, he is planning to hire additional case workers as part of an attendance improvement initiative.

“We have a process in place that if a student has missed so many sessions then at that point in time the building principal would get involved and utilize staff members to reach out to that child,” Rosser said.

Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent Martin Handler said his district will have a time management system built into their remote learning platform that will track students as they log on, to ensure they are engaged in remote learning. 

“This program that the teachers planned over the summer looks more like the regular classroom learning but just through the internet,” Handler said.

Staff writers Justin Murphy and Katelyn Cordero also contributed to this report.

Sophie Grosserode covers education. Click here for her latest stories. Follow her on Twitter @sdgrosserode. Check out our latest subscription offers here. 

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WHO urges the public to avoid routine dental work amid the coronavirus pandemic

WHO urges the public to avoid routine dental work amid the coronavirus pandemic

With the cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) skyrocketing globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) is now warning the public to avoid routine dental procedures to reduce the risk of infection.

In a new interim guidance released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the health agency advises that routine non-essential oral health care, which includes dental check-ups, oral prophylaxis, and preventive care, should be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates from community transmission to cluster cases.

The WHO recommends that patients who do not need urgent dental care to avoid going to the dentist for the meantime, since the global number of SARS-CoV-2 cases has increased to more than 20.77 million, with at least 754,000 lives lost.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, effective prevention of oral problems and self-care remains a high priority. Patients should be advised through remote consultation or social media channels on maintaining good oral hygiene,” the WHO said.

Further, WHO said that the guidance also applies to other dental procedures, including those for aesthetic purposes. Online consultations are also encouraged to prevent the risk of community transmission, especially that the pandemic is far from over. However, urgent or emergency oral health care interventions can preserve a person’s oral functioning, to secure one’s quality of life, and to manage severe pain.

Today, health experts have identified high-risk areas where the virus can spread from one person to another. Some locations, where there is a heightened risk of spread, including oral healthcare settings like dental clinics, hospitals, public transportation, and buildings with poor ventilation.

The way SARS-CoV-2 spreads happens through direct, indirect, or close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19. A person who is infected can spread the virus through respiratory droplets or secretions such as saliva.

In dental clinics, the novel coronavirus can be transmitted by three ways – direct transmission through inhalation of droplets produced by talking, coughing, or sneezing, direct transmission through the exposure of mucous membranes like those found in the eyes, nasal area, or oral mucosa, and through the indirect transmission via contaminated surfaces.

Further, oral health care teams work close to the patients’ faces for prolonged periods. Further, the procedures usually performed involve exposure to many body fluids that may harbor SARS-CoV-2, such as saliva and blood.

Dental practice also involves aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs), which are defined as any medical, dental, and patient care procedure that causes the production of airborne particles, which may contain virus particles.

To contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in dental settings, the WHO urges that dentists only perform emergency or urgent oral procedures. Routine dental care, such as dental cleanings, consultations, and preventive care, should be postponed until the pandemic is over or until there is low COVID-19 transmission.

“Urgent or emergency oral health care may include interventions that address acute oral infections; swelling; systemic infection; significant or prolonged bleeding; severe pain not controllable with analgesia; oral health care interventions that are medically required as a pre-intervention to other urgent procedures; and dental/orofacial trauma,” the WHO said.

The WHO also reiterated that dentists should refer patients if they are in doubt to specialized treatment facilities, since addressing the emergency or urgent care appropriately will prevent the need for them to seek treatment at emergency departments of hospitals, reducing the risk of exposure and freeing up space for those who are seeking COVID-19-related care.

The WHO also provided a rundown of how dentists can go about with the pandemic, without risking their health and the health of others. Dentists should screen patients before the appointment through virtual technology or telephone. Also, they should perform triaging when the patient has arrived in the clinic. Make sure that patients seeking urgent care are catered first, and they do not exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19.

Dentists should also develop a remote assessment of their patients to distinguish those seeking urgent or emergency care. The WHO also underlined the importance of disinfection of the clinic, proper infection control practices, improving the clinic’s ventilation, and the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.


  • World Health Organization (WHO). (2020). Considerations for the provision of essential oral health services in the context of COVID-19. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-2019-nCoV-oral-health-2020.1
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    Author: By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNAug 14 2020

    How to Add More Play to Your Grown-Up Life — Even Now

    How to Add More Play to Your Grown-Up Life — Even Now

    Play can feel silly, unproductive and time consuming. And that’s precisely the point.

    • Aug. 14, 2020Updated 9:49 a.m. ET

    “Let’s play!” my friend’s 4-year-old squealed, tugging on my arm. I was tired, so I told her, “I’m too lazy to play.” But I wasn’t allowed to be lazy because I’m big, she said. Unable to come up with a convincing rebuttal, I found a place to hide while she counted to 20. Fred Rogers said that play is “the work of childhood.” Kids take this work seriously, they’re good at it, and they can teach us a thing or two about why play is important — especially now.

    But what, exactly, is play? Generally speaking, play is something that’s imaginative, self-directed, intrinsically motivated and guided by rules that leave room for creativity.

    “One way to think about play is an action you do that brings you a significant amount of joy without offering a specific result,” said Jeff Harry, a positive play coach who works with businesses, schools and organizations to use applied positive psychology in day-to-day routines. That means taking a bike ride because it’s fun, not because you’re trying to lose five pounds. “A lot of us do everything hoping for a result,” Mr. Harry added. “It’s always, ‘What am I getting out of this?’ Play has no result.”

    At a time when jobs are precarious, livelihoods are at stake and we’re still fighting a deadly pandemic, play is low on our list of priorities. We’re living in a world that’s more conducive to anxiety than playfulness. In the never-ending to-do list of adulthood, play can feel like a waste of time. We exhaust ourselves with tasks we should or have to do, but we rarely have time or energy for activities we want to do.

    Play offers a reprieve from the chaos, and it challenges us to connect with a key part of ourselves that gets lost in the responsibilities of adulthood, especially during a crisis.

    “As we get older, our egos grow. We become more self-conscious,” said Meredith Sinclair, a former schoolteacher and author of “Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit.” Play feels silly, unproductive and time-consuming. “But this is precisely why we should make more time for it,” Ms. Sinclair said.

    There are a number of benefits to play for adults, including improved stress management and an improvement in our overall well-being — benefits we could certainly use right now.

    “People are feeling really overwhelmed,” Mr. Harry said. “I’m not asking you to embrace a toxic positivity mind-set or let go of your worries forever.”

    He added: “My suggestion is, take a small break from worrying and do something that channels your inner kid and just brings you a little bit of happiness.”

    So how do we do it?

    You may have a hard time letting go of the serious, grown-up version of yourself, at least at first. Mr. Harry suggests an exercise to channel the critical, discouraging voice in your head, which is probably on overdrive lately.

    “I tell people to actually write down what your inner critic is saying to you. Write down all the thoughts that come up: You’re a loser, you’ll never be a writer, everyone hates your guts, you’re an impostor. Write it all down,” he said. “Then look at it and ask yourself: Is any of this actually true? Or is it just the scared little kid in me trying to protect myself?”

    Our inner critic is a survival mechanism that buffers ourselves from failure. Failing feels bad, so our inner critic discourages us from doing things that feel silly, uncomfortable or risky. As Kristen Neff, a self-compassion researcher, has said: “Don’t beat yourself up for beating yourself up. We need to learn to make friends with our inner critic.” The exercise is a good first step because it reveals how harsh we can be to ourselves without realizing it, which keeps us from embracing the more playful, creative parts of ourselves.

    Adults often seek fun through novelty, whether it’s traveling to new places, exploring new hobbies or buying new gadgets.

    “We have access to so much stuff that we’re not even enjoying it anymore,” Mr. Harry said. Sure, novelty can be fun, but play allows you to tap into that feeling without traveling or buying a new toy. “Play isn’t something new that you have to do. It’s tapping back to something that is personal and fulfilling.”

    To discover what that means for you, experts suggest reflecting on childhood memories.

    “When you were a child, what were your favorite ways to play?” Ms. Sinclair said. “And when was the last time you had these same types of feelings as an adult? What current activities bring you close to that same unabashed feeling you had as a youngster?”

    List the activities you enjoyed as a kid, then brainstorm the grown-up version. If you liked climbing trees, maybe you can try indoor rock climbing. If you loved Play-Doh, maybe you could take a pottery class or make bread from scratch. You don’t always need a new version of a childhood pastime, though. Climbing trees can still be pretty fun as an adult.

    “Social media makes it easy to buy into this notion that if you don’t post it, did it really happen? Was it important?” Ms. Sinclair said. “Sharing makes it valid.” In other words, social media can inspire people to do things for the purpose of sharing, as the platforms themselves encourage external validation. Since play is supposed to be intrinsically motivated, you might have more fun keeping it to yourself.

    “It’s very important that we have moments of play all for ourselves that we don’t tell anyone about and we don’t post about,” Ms. Sinclair added. Whether it’s kneading dough in the kitchen or riding your bike around the neighborhood, next time you do something fun, don’t share the activity online. This can help you focus on the pure joy of doing something fun for yourself.

    People play in different ways — karaoke sounds like a blast to one person and a nightmare to another. A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences identified four categories of playful personality traits: other-directed, lighthearted, intellectual and whimsical.

    Other-directed play is when you enjoy playing with other people. Lighthearted play generally means you don’t take life too seriously, and you like to improvise. Intellectual play has to do with ideas and thoughts, like wordplay and problem-solving. And whimsical players like doing odd or unusual things in everyday life.

    Knowing your style can help you figure out which activities you like, but it can also help you eliminate activities that you don’t necessarily enjoy. If you like intellectual play, a dance party might not be fun for you. If you take a lighthearted approach to play, you might not enjoy long, strategic board games with your family. Of course, you can have more than one play style, so maybe you enjoy dance parties, board games, karaoke and crossword puzzles all the same.

    Ms. Sinclair recommends leaving room for spontaneity in your calendar.

    “There is something innately whimsical about being spontaneous,” she said. “Even the word sounds playful.” Schedule blocks of time throughout the week for the possibility of random playful activities. “It sounds crazy, like you’re planning to be spontaneous,” she said. “But you kind of have to as an adult.”

    With this time blocked, it’s easier to say no when someone asks if you’re free for a work task or social obligation. You can decline, telling them you have something to do that night, even if you don’t know what it is yet.

    Of course, most of us don’t feel we have the luxury of free time. It’s hard to find extra time in our already packed schedules. In that case, Ms. Sinclair recommends finding quick opportunities to play throughout the day. It could be dancing in the kitchen while you cook dinner or reading something that makes you laugh while you’re in the grocery line. Belting out a song during your drive home.

    “It’s about doing something for yourself that’s in the moment,” Ms. Sinclair said. “Most everything we do is for other people.”

    Play is similar to meditation in that it helps you focus on where you’re at in the moment and reset your busy, perpetually exhausted adult mind. “Adults spend a ton of time ruminating,” Mr. Harry said. “Whether it’s thinking about the dumb thing you said at a party or worrying just for the sake of worrying.”

    Being present doesn’t come easy for most of us, but play forces you to focus on the present so you can take a break from ruminating. “We’re all dealing with something right now, and you need to be able to fully feel your fear and sadness and anger and let it out,” he said.

    Play requires you to ditch the limiting, binary way we think about our feelings, Mr. Harry added. In other words, we have to let go of the idea that we can’t feel both playful in the moment and anxious about the state of the world. The idea isn’t to ignore your negative feelings but to give yourself permission to feel joy alongside the negativity.

    “Think about how kids are excited all the time,” Mr. Harry said. “That’s basically what we’re all trying to get back to.”

    Source: www.nytimes.com

    Author: Kristin Wong

    Have you showered lately? It’s time to become a real work-from-home pro

    Have you showered lately? It’s time to become a real work-from-home pro

    Months into working from home, it’s time to check in with yourself. How is your work-life balance? Have you figured out when and how you work best? And when did you last shower?

    As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

    Since work from home orders are likely to stick around for those lucky enough to do their jobs away from their workplace, now is a good opportunity to professionalize your work habits and find a sustainable setup for the coming months.

    You may instinctively know when you’re at your peak performance and what conditions you need to achieve it. Some people are at their best right after they’ve had their morning coffee and settled in at a desk. Others might sleep in and then start work while still in bed.

    Clearly defining when and how you work best helps you set clear expectations for yourself and your colleagues.

    Related: The office isn’t dead yet

    To understand when you’re most productive, career coach and entrepreneur Felecia Hatcher recommends conducting a time audit. Track your workday in 15-minute increments for one week. “A time audit is going to radically change your life personally, and then you get to showcase to your boss when your most productive times of day are,” Hatcher says.

    Keep track of your audit in a spreadsheet or a notebook, detailing meetings, lunch breaks, blocks of time dedicated to heads-down work, and stretches when you don’t get much done. This will reveal when you’re productive and when you might be better served taking a break, going for a walk or taking a power nap.

    Next, think about conditions that help you focus.

    Some need to sit in a specific spot to accomplish anything. Others might just need an internet connection, wherever that may be. Bari Tessler, a financial therapist who has worked from home for two decades, says that only you know how you work best.

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    “Every day is different and you have to go with the flow,” says Tessler. “You just have to know who you are.” Ignore prescriptive guidance about not working from bed or getting dressed like you’re going into the office. Create the conditions you feel most comfortable with.

    Use your insights about how and when you work best to flesh out your idea of work-life balance or something close to it. Then bring that plan to your colleagues for a candid conversation.

    “I always look at the equation of time, money, energy, family and health, and I make all my decisions from that,” Tessler says.

    Finding your personal balance might mean being more deliberate about what you’ve already been doing, or making changes.

    For example, if you found you’re not particularly productive during regular working hours, think of ways to mix it up. You might want to block out time midday to run errands or meditate. Or maybe you can work alternative hours, outside of the typical 9-to-5. This might be a necessity for parents as some school districts plan to start the school year with virtual learning.

    If you haven’t already, establish an ongoing dialogue with your manager and colleagues. Hatcher advises using what you learned during your evaluation to guide the conversation.

    Also see: Work-from-home productivity pickup has tech CEOs predicting many employees will never come back to the office

    “Structuring your time is about setting healthy boundaries personally and setting work boundaries,” Hatcher says. “And using what you learned from your time audit can help you have a data-driven conversation with your boss rather than anecdotal conversation.”

    You might have to make compromises, depending on job requirements, but you’ll be working from a good starting point.

    You may have seen social media posts saying, “You’re not just working from home, you’re working from home in the middle of a global pandemic.” While that might come across as a little melodramatic, it’s true.

    Between managing personal and financial fears around the coronavirus pandemic and grappling with the national conversation around racial inequity, having to face your job as if everything is normal can be exhausting.

    Read next: The pandemic has affected our eating habits, and not in a good way. Here’s how to create new healthy habits

    Hatcher says: “Things are so weighty right now. … We’re so quick to say, ‘My life is falling apart but I gotta show up tomorrow,’ but no, don’t do that. Take a break.”

    If you’re feeling burned out by work or overwhelmed by the news, look into taking time off if your work situation allows. An internet-free staycation can help you unplug, center yourself and return to work refreshed.

    Source: www.marketwatch.com

    Author: Sean Pyles

    13 Tips for Manufacturing Employees Restarting Work -- Occupational Health & Safety

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