Virtual Teams

How we survived a pandemic: Part 6 - Wellbeing as a home-worker… where are you on the unicorns 🦄 and pumpkins 🎃 scale?

In this month’s post we reflect on wellbeing as homeworkers, particularly under the pressures and strains of current times. As part of this we look at ways individuals and teams can check-in on how they are doing using resources from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. We also discuss ways that we have used to find a better balance such as using the Digital Data Detox Kit and even removing ‘work’ from our phones.

Four-legged friends

This month’s post is a bit different from the usual, as we celebrate a team effort of inventing ice breakers for our weekly team meetings, which take place for an hour every Wednesday morning. We’ve got everything from “share your four-legged friends” to “lockdown recipe swap” to “pandemic playlist” to “humble brag” to “Pictionary Jam” and more.

Meeting around a document by Visual Thinkery is licenced under CC-BY-ND

We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’. It’s open leadership in practice and in pandemic times. For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts taking a broader view of work whilst midst global pandemic.

Moving parts

Welcome to this month’s post (cross-posted here) in which we, that is Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell) and Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey), openly share our approach to leading a virtual team. If this […]