COVID-19 Home Working Advice

Added: 03 April 2020

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As we all are in our own personal capacities, our company is working as best it can to help people stay at home and strictly observe social distancing to protect the NHS and save lives. We hope you all keep safe in these unprecedented times and look forward to seeing you again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen.

Like many of you, as many of our staff as possible are working from home with our management continuing to balance the responsibilities of work with everyone’s physical and mental health – which is why we are regularly adding to the Status & Updates page on our website so that you can see our latest operating status, news from the Government and motoring organisations, plus useful advice and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Staying physically and mentally healthy is vital. With many businesses, schools and other institutions closed, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and work out a daily/weekly routine. Government guidance states that we can go out once a day to get exercise providing that we do not socialise and stay at least 2 metres away from anyone we don’t live with.

Whether self-isolating or merely maintaining a social distance, staying at home can be frustrating and the situation can lead to people getting anxious about their wellbeing or their family and friends' health. By taking the time to plan a routine and set some goals, you can stay in touch with friends and family, plan activities you and yours can enjoy, and make sure you get the right levels of exercise and sleep.

If in doubt, follow the advice from the Government, The Mental Health Foundation or the NHS to make sure that you take care of your mental health and you still maintain healthy balance in your lifestyle. There is also specific advice for parents and carers supporting young people's mental health. If you are working from home, it’s all too easy for the boundaries between work and your personal life to get blurred, so it’s important that staff and employers respect each other’s needs and avoid employee burnout.

If you’re at home with young children, it’s good to look online and reach out to teachers, friends and the older generation for ideas you can use when homeschooling or just keeping young minds active (or just quiet for a bit!). People of all ages miss their networks of friends and family at times like these, so don’t forget to include them when you’re keeping in contact with everyone.

Modern technology can make people feel connected and keep active. Use the phone, email, messaging apps, video chat or social networks to keep in contact with friends and family helps to give everyone reassurance. There are great resources online (and people like us are trying to give you more each day). You could learn a new skill, reconnect with old friends, enjoy a virtual pub or even stream live music or theatre.

Although, the Internet is a terrific tool, do still try to go out once a day if you can, making sure you follow social distancing guidelines. If you can’t, then open your windows, get out into the garden if you have one, and spend time enjoying some fresher air. And, of course, don’t forget to make some noise for the NHS every Thursday evening!

On that note, we would love to thank all NHS staff, key workers, delivery people, rubbish collectors, and everyone who keeps our lives going during this difficult time. We sincerely value all of your contributions.

If you work for the NHS or know someone who does, we are prioritising the needs of NHS staff who need a repair, service or MOT test for their vehicle and will carry out the work at our best price. This includes FREE MOTs and 20% Off Service and Repairs!* To keep NHS staff mobile as much and as soon as possible, we’ll also collect and deliver vehicles to their home or workplace. All we ask to honour the offer is a valid NHS ID card.

In the current climate, everyone understands the importance of looking after those who nurse and care for others. We recognise that a safe and reliable vehicle may be the only means of transport needed to support family, friends, strangers and patients, so we want to do our part to help all of those in need.

*T&Cs apply, see website for details

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