Support the Mental Health of Remote Employees

There’s no denying the positive impact of workplace flexibility on employees wellbeing. Remote work offers many benefits for employees’ mental health, but it’s important to continually provide practical support for their mental wellbeing.

According to FlexJobs, flexible work can greatly reduce stress, improve self-esteem and create a better focus on health and wellbeing

Work-life balance and commute-related stress are two of the top factors that make people want a job with flexible options. In fact, the impact that flexibility can have is so great that 97 per cent of people say that having a more flexible job would have a “huge” or “positive” impact on their quality of life.

It’s not always greener on the other side

However, remote work brings its own challenges when it comes to staying physically and mentally healthy. Feeling isolated, finding yourself 'just finishing things off' at 11 pm, or constantly fighting the temptation to eat all the leftover ice-cream are just some of the issues for those using their home as an office.

Here are some practical methods to help keep your employees mentally healthy in their remote working space:

Develop effective communication strategies

It’s important to establish regular, open communication with your remote workers. Set time either daily or weekly to catch up with your remote employees. Don’t be afraid to talk with your worker about any mental health issues they may be experiencing. You can also obtain advice and assistance from external support services, if necessary.

Negotiate reasonable adjustments

It’s important to implement workplace support and adjustments to meet individual workers’ needs. Offer variable start and finish times, even if working from home. It’s no good working from 11 pm into the wee hours of the morning. Make sure your remote employees receive access to training or career development resources. Ensure your remote workers have access to equipment to make remote working easier.

Build culture and relationships

Bring some fun and culture into your remote teams by spending time with them outside of office work hours. Organise an event where everyone can get together. For remote workers, it’s a nice change of pace to meet their coworkers or participate in fun activities with a team. No matter how often you’d like to set these events, give your remote workers opportunities to build relationships with their fellow colleagues.

Promoting mental wellbeing is a responsibility

It is important to ensure that the principles of a mentally healthy workplace extend to any external working environment. Make sure you check that your remote employees have what they need to fulfil their role and be fully productive.

While work can contribute to mental health issues, it can also act as a support mechanism. Don’t wait until your employees have a mental breakdown or experience burnout. Be proactive and support the mental wellbeing of your remote employees.