Healthy working habits to improve wellness at work

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Company-wide working agreements:

These are guidelines that define how different teams want to work together, what they want in the working environment and from each other to feel safe and free to learn, explore and discover.

  • Working Hours: A lot of teams are a mix of early birds and night owls. Therefore, is critical to set some boundaries and establish working hours where people can schedule meetings and calls.
  • Notifications: Encourage employees to pause notifications after working hours are over to disconnect from work — especially over the weekends.
  • Lunch Time: ask teams and employees to book a time to have proper lunch and respect this company-wide.

Roles & Priorities within teams

Working remotely means that employees cannot be aware of what other teammates are working on, which can generate confusion and stress. Therefore defining projects owners and priorities is essential, but reviewing status and updating each other is key!

  • Weekly promises or roundups: similar to the above but written — this is very useful for larger teams.
  • Task board: Set up a simple Kanban board and actively limit your work in progress.

In meetings and messaging etiquette

We spend 50% — 70% of our time in meetings and talking to others over slack, teams or hangouts. Adding some guidelines can help reduce stress during working hours.

  • Chat Platform: being part of groups on these platforms is the equivalent of recurring meetings. Asking employees to do a ‘groups cleanup’ for sure will reduce the time spend checking on meaningless conversations that generate noise and distraction. If a 30mins off-and-on chat conversation can be a five-minute phone call, then promote the call instead.



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