Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, remote work has become common. As of 2022, 26% of U.S. employees work remotely. Many people enjoy working from home because it allows more freedom and flexibility, but there are also some disadvantages. Remote workers often struggle with mental health because it is difficult for them to deal with isolation, various distractions, and not finding appropriate work-life balance. Here are some ways to support the mental health of remote employees:
Make Time to Virtually Socialize with Your Employees
Socializing is important, especially within a work environment. Remote employees often feel disconnected since they are not physically surrounded by their coworkers. However, if managers frequently meet with their remote employees over video calls, it can help keep them feeling engaged. These video calls do not always have to be work related either, they can simply be to catch up and see how their employees are doing.
Remote employees often feel overlooked. 68% of employees working remotely say they feel unmotivated since their work seems to go unnoticed. To keep employees feeling appreciated, managers can simply call their employees and say thank you or send small gifts that express gratitude. Letting remote workers know their hard work is appreciated can help employees continue to feel that their work is valued.
Do Not Encourage Long Hours
Many remote employees feel pressured to work outside of their hours. Having a home office makes remote workers feel obligated to always be on call. If managers notice their employees responding to emails outside of their typical working hours, they should encourage them to turn off their work devices and spend time doing other things. Remote employees should have clear work schedules and guidelines for working outside these times. This helps avoid worker burnout and also prevent issues with overtime for non-exempt employees.
Remote work is here to stay. Remembering to stay connected, express gratitude, and set clear work expectations for your remote employees will let them know that you care about their mental health.