Are you lone working this Christmas? Read on for our tips on how to stay safe and keep your motivation up.
Lone Working at Christmas
Christmas is a time of celebration and fun for many people, however, there are those who see the holiday period as business as usual as they have to work over Christmas. This can put a dampener on the festivities – especially for those who work alone.
Here is our advice for lone workers this Christmas:
1.Don’t let standards slip – sometimes, during the holidays, usual safety standards can slip. This may be due to people feeling more relaxed, their mind not focused on the job or because of staff holidays. However, it is VITAL that you pay attention to this and do your job to the usual high safety standards. If you are worried that the right people who look after safety are not present during the holidays, speak to your employer about it.
2. Keep in touch with people – it is important that you communicate with people over the holidays, not just from a safety point of view but so that your motivation doesn’t slip. It can be hard when you are away from your family and friends over the festivities and working in isolation can increase the feeling of sadness. Keep in touch with your colleagues and use appropriate breaks to speak to friends and family.
3. Use your lone worker device – similar to the first point, don’t let your usual standards slip and not use your lone worker safety device. It can be all too easy to think that because it is Christmas the chance of anything happening is reduced but the opposite is actually true. Don’t neglect to keep your device charged up and switched on.
4. Eat properly – feeling hungry can increase tiredness and make you lose concentration. Ensure that you take the time to eat properly and look after yourself. Maybe your family might be so kind as to pack up some special holiday food for you!
5. Take regular breaks – your job may be particularly busy at Christmas but it is still important to take regular rest breaks. You might be tempted to ‘power through’ without a break but this can lead to mistakes or accidents. No matter how busy you are, it is important to look after yourself properly and take a break from the job Even if it ten minutes to read the newspaper or a book, it will reset your mind and make you feel more refreshed.
Get in Touch
We hope that you enjoy the festive period, even if you are working but most importantly – stay safe!
For more information on lone working why not have a look at our knowledge bank.
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