The Benefits of Investing in Remote Worker Wellbeing
Remote workers have many benefits; flexible work hours, less travelling and personalised work environments are just a few. But their wellbeing often remains forgotten. So, why is it important to care about the wellbeing of remote workers? How does it benefit your business?
Remote workers often lack daily face-to-face interaction and this may lead to unhealthy lifestyles. Isolated environments can affect their productivity, motivation and overall satisfaction on the job. As a manager, you have a legal responsibility to ensure your remote workers have healthy wellbeing.
But it’s not just for your remote workers’ sake. Happy employees are vital for business. A 2016 report from CIPD found that mental health in the workplace had a significant effect on concentration, performance and productivity. Positive and healthy employees will result in less absenteeism and prevent added expenses for your business.
There is a high cost associated with low employee wellbeing. In the UK, the annual cost of sickness from mental health is at £8.1 billion! The average number of days lost to stress, anxiety or depression is 24 days per case. It’s time to be proactive and invest in the wellbeing of your remote employees.
Here are three reasons why investing in your remote workers’ wellbeing will benefit your business:
A new report from Dr Eugenio Proto, of the University of Warwick’s Department of Economics and Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), found that companies can profit from investing in their employees’ wellbeing. Finding causal links between employee wellbeing and company performance is important to justify spending corporate resources to provide a happier work environment for their employees. Encourage your remote workers to fit their 30 minutes of exercise into their workday. A healthy body and mind encourage productivity.
Keeps workers connected
Productivity isn’t just limited to your physical health. Social interaction, especially collaboration, works wonders on productivity and can inspire your workers to give their best effort. To prevent your remote employees from becoming isolated, create a virtual community so they have access to social elements. Encourage your remote employees to communicate on these channels. Consider setting up monthly staff meetings via video call to encourage team collaboration.
Encourages healthy living
When employees are healthy, it means less absenteeism, high morale and consistent productivity and workflow. It’s easy to provide your office-based employees healthy resources such as free fruit, but your remote workers may find it easier to choose convenient snacks that have high sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Consider offering your remote workers with vouchers for healthy snacks or gym memberships.
As a responsible employer, it’s important to ask how your remote workers really are. How do they rate their health and wellbeing now? What changes can you implement to help them bridge the gap?
A healthier, happier work environment is a successful one. Take these small steps for your remote workers’ wellbeing and achieve big results in business growth.