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Alert Level 4: Lockdown from midnight 19th December

All of Wales is at alert level 4, the national message is to stay at home and only venture out if it is essential, for example to access health care, for shopping, to exercise outdoors, to support someone who is vulnerable, or for work purposes.

You must now work from home. If your role doesn’t allow you to work from home, or it is deemed essential that you attend your place of work, the social distancing regulations remain unchanged – it is vitally important that you follow these regulations.

For the latest information on Coronavirus, please visit our Coronavirus guidance page.

What is the best practice for BYOD?

Having access to these services on your own device will provide many benefits. However, in order to make the best use of BYOD the following best practice is advised:

Avoid opening the apps outside of your working hours

Checking emails and other notifications out of work time can trigger you to think about work, even if you don’t respond. Best practice is to use the app like you would a computer, switching off at the end of the day. This will benefit your wellbeing by keeping a clear line between work and life, improving your sleep and helping you to be fresh and productive for the next day.

Switch off notifications

Linked to the above, turning off your notifications means that you are less likely to click on the icon when not working. If you need to have your notifications on then switch them off at the end of the day like you would shut down your computer. Even if you don’t open the app, seeing a number of notifications indicated by the app could cause you to feel pressured.

Notes on turning off BYOD can be found here.

Avoid sending emails or messages outside of working hours

If you remember something while sat watching TV or out for your walk it can be tempting to just fire off an email or message to get it off your mind. However, this can negatively impact other people, even if you tell them you don’t expect them to respond until work hours.

Best practice is to write it down on a piece of paper and leave with your device for the next working day. This will also prevent you getting into work-based conversations with colleagues outside of work time or getting drawn into other work. If you would prefer to draft the email, save it in drafts or delay the delivery of the email.

Advice for line managers

Please discuss with your staff the BYOD wellbeing best practice guidelines upon signing up.

Page updated: 16/11/2020 14:17:46