COVID- 19 Resources
In the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus, we are here to support you and provide information and resources to keep you and your family healthy.
If you have any questions or have recently been diagnosed or exposed to Covid-19, please contact Benefits@alteryx.com.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Others:
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water. If soap or water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues away.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distances between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your area.
- Stay home if you are sick. Given the fluidity of the situation, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov for the most current health advisories and global Coronavirus information.
Testing and Treatment
Please contact your Medical Benefits provider or healthcare provider for more information in regard to testing and treatment for COVID-19 in your area.
Working from Home
Below are some tips and guidelines when working from home:
- Stick to a daily routine
Keep your sleep schedule consistent. It could be tempting to stay up later binge-watching your favorite show, but changing your sleep schedule makes it harder to get out of bed in the morning, especially when you don’t have to go into an office. Being tired during the day can make working harder and less productive, which could result in longer hours to accomplish what you need to.
- Dress for your work day
This mentally and physically prepares you for the day ahead and will help “normalize” working from home. You don’t have to be “dressed up”; you can dress to be both comfortable and professional for the day ahead, but pj’s are a bad idea. We will all be on video conference meetings as well, so you will be prepared when you need to turn that camera on.
- If possible, have a dedicated “office” space to work
Ensure that it’s a comfortable space – use a comfortable chair, place your monitor at the correct height, and plug your keyboard and mouse into your laptop. You will be less productive and will fatigue if you type on the laptop keyboard and use the laptop’s trackpad all day. A proper set up with good lighting is key to keeping you in a productive and healthy mental state. See below the Human Scale Flyer provided for proper ergonomic setup at home.
It is also important to have space that you can physically and mentally associate with work, a space you can enter and leave each day. This will help you create a boundary between work and personal time so you don’t fall into the habit of “I’ll just do that one more thing before I stop working”. Once work is done, leave your work space. Close the door to the room if possible. For those of us who are working and living in the same space, do something at the end of the day to signal to yourself that work is finished. Close your laptop and turn off your monitor. If you find yourself continually going back to the laptop for “one more thing” in the evenings, throw a blanket over your setup so you can’t see it.
- Reach out to colleagues – use video and phone over email
If you gain energy and excitement from being in the office with colleagues, and find yourself missing that connection, take the initiative to schedule collaboration video calls with your cameras so you can see each other. And pick up the phone often to have a conversation versus sending an email.
- Take regular breaks
Take a full lunch break without work distractions. Disconnect and walk away from your work setup. Get outside if possible, read a book, call a friend or watch some funny videos. Disconnecting during breaks, and before and after work hours, will help you maintain more structure in your day.
Build in breaks in your daily schedule to refresh. Spend 10 minutes listening to some music or doing a few stretches before getting back online. It’s helpful to block off time on your calendar so people are aware of the times you aren’t available and, more importantly, so you have reminders when to take that break.
- If you’re feeling stressed…
Give your brain a nice mental health break during the day by standing up regularly, looking outside at nature, or taking a couple deep breathes before reading that next email. Apps like Headspace and Calm can help by leading you through a 2 – 3 minute brain break.
- Get outside
If possible, get outside when you can – before and after work, and during breaks. Studies continue to show the significant benefits that being out in nature has on your mental and physical well-being.
Additionally, the HR team has lots of additional resources and tips to make your Work From Home field trip more comfortable. The SharePoint page link below is only accessible to Alteryx employees.
Associate Resource Hub
Resources: Ergodynamic Flyer
Mental Wellness – How to Handle Stress/Anxiety
As we are all navigating this new “normal” in our daily lives, feeling increased levels of stress/anxiety may be more common than when we were following our previous routines. The most common signs of anxiety and stress that you may notice are:
- An increase or decrease in your energy and activity levels.
- An increase in your use of alcohol, tobacco, or substances.
- An increase in irritability, anger and arguing.
- Trouble relaxing or sleeping.
- Having stomach aches, diarrhea, headaches or other physical pains.
- Feelings of fear, depression, guilt or anger.
- Having trouble with memory or focusing.
You can manage and alleviate these feelings by dedicating time for self-care. Here are some examples:
Prioritize your physical and mental health.
By getting plenty of sleep, incorporating regular exercise, and healthy eating habits, you not only are taking care of your physical health but your mental health as well. Try home workouts from YouTube, and schedule video therapy appointments to keep your body and mind healthy
Take regular work breaks.
Make sure to schedule time away from your desk to get fresh air and sunlight.
Work at staying connected.
FaceTime or call family, friends and colleagues to catch up and visit (virtually through video when possible).
Use your free time to relax.
Relax with reading, music, a fun hobby, or meditation – the Headspace and Calm apps are a great resource. Listen to calming sounds or music – YouTube has a library of nature and meditation content to stream in the background during work time and kids school time. Try searching for “ocean waves crashing”, “nature”, “space scenery”, and “meditation frequency music”.
Focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control.
Shifting your focus on the things that are going well in your life can give you a sense of control in challenging times. Try writing down three things you are grateful for everyday.
Limit how much time you spend reading or watching the news.
Watching too much news and/or TV can lead to anxiety, depression and increased stress according to the American Psychological Association. Stick to factual sites such as the World Health Organization (WHO) at https://www.who.int/ or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/.
Reach out for help.
If feelings of anxiety still arise, it is okay to reach out for help. Reach out to your HR team to learn about mental health benefits available to you.
Global Employee Support Program with Work Place Options
It can be a stressful time during this evolving situation. The ESP is available to support you and your family members. This important service is available for in-persons visits, telephonic calls, text or email messaging, and video chats. All calls are confidential and handled by a certified clinician or coach.