COVID-19 has disrupted life in a big way for almost everyone. Outside the office, the world is vastly different. Beaches, gyms, libraries, schools, and shops are closed. Big events are cancelled. Restaurants are pickup or delivery only. Grocery stores have limits on items and the number of people inside – and once you get in, most of the items on your list are out of stock. It’s a big change, and it’s thrown many people for a loop.
Here at Incserv, most of our staff are working safely from home. Those few who are still in the office make sure to maintain their six feet of social distancing separation and to wash their hands often. The office has also been temporarily closed to the public to ensure everyone stays as safe as possible.
It’s easy for people to fall into a rut, order pizza delivery three times a day, and spend the entire day glued to the news or Netflix. To help avoid that, both for staff working in the office and those working from home (who hopefully have their eyes glued to their computer screen instead), we’ve focused on ways to help staff stay healthy even during a pandemic.
Our HR manager challenged staff to do two 30-day workout challenges to help us stay active. Staff members were urged to complete the plank and triceps dips challenges. Day 30 was a five-minute plank and 100 triceps dips – no easy feat!
These weren’t the only ways staff stayed active. At the office, more than half of staff completed exercise routines several times a week, complete with wall sits, plank jacks, crunches, biceps curls, triceps kickbacks, squats, lunges, pushups, donkey kicks, and hip bridges. Staff at home did similar exercises, or turned to yoga, running, or their own workout equipment to get their blood pumping and their muscles working.
In addition to working out, staff also worked on eating a little healthier by cooking at home more by sharing their favorite recipes in our Pandemic Cookbook. Included within are main dishes, side dishes, drinks, and desserts – because what’s a stay at home order without baking? Within are recipes for favorites such as meatloaf, roasted vegetables, seasoned chicken, and even healthy avocado ice cream!
We hope all of our clients and their families are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.
Sara Flanagan, Systems Analyst