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How To Promote Wellbeing Whilst Remote Working

This article is written by Olivia Coughtrie, Director at Oriel Partners PA Recruitment

Healthy and happy staff means better quality and quantity of work. It is, therefore, important for companies to monitor the wellness of their team. Doing so will give you insight into issues like if your staff is not adapting well to the work environment of the workload. It will also help you know what your employees react well to and what they do not.

It is easier to monitor the wellness of your staff if you have physical contact with them. This means that monitoring the welfare of a remote staff is quite a challenge. Because of the ongoing global pandemic, companies have had to adapt to remote working. Thus, employers need to come up with new and better ways to check on the wellness of their remote staff. This is what we will be looking into this post.

Why Is the Wellbeing of an Employee So Important?

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as seen in Psychology, wellbeing is a crucial element in everyone’s life. The theory suggests that when our basic needs are catered to, our bodies and minds are taken care of, then we can achieve a sense of self-actualisation and positive self-esteem. For an employee, high self-esteem is important because it helps to foster productivity in the workplace.

Wellbeing is also as important because it fosters happiness in the workplace. A happy employee is not only a productive one but also open to suggestions, committed, and reliable. The quality of work is also improved if the employees are fulfilled and feeling confident in the workplace.

Additionally, employees who are both physically and emotionally healthy are more engaged and capable of handling tasks in the workplace. They can come with stress in the workplace, and they can handle a variety of tasks. Social interactions in the workplace are also influenced by the wellness of the employees and vice versa.

What Makes Employees Happy?

According to reliable sources, the average person spends around 90,000 hours working over a lifetime. This is more than the time that people get to spend with friends and family or to have fun. Because people spend this much time working, an unhappy work environment could trigger overall unhappiness and depression.

Below are some ways through which employers can help foster the happiness of their employees;

Social interaction- employees tend to be happier when they are allowed to interact with each other. Quality social interactions during breaks and between tasks should be encouraged as long as the task accomplishment is not affected.

Salaries and benefits- employees enjoy working when they are paid relatively concerning the quality and quantity of work that they accomplish. Other benefits like holiday and sickness leave also foster happiness.

Meaning- studies show that employees are usually happier is they understand the impact of their contributions on the company. Meaning also helps to foster better quality and quantity of work.

Empowerment- this helps to give employees a sense of control, which helps to raise their self-esteem and better their well being.

Our Guide to Helping Your Employees Work Remotely

As mentioned earlier, fostering remote employee wellness can be challenging. Below are some guides that will help you;

Improve communication

As mentioned before, one factor that impacts the wellbeing of employees is social interaction. Additionally, one of the main issues that remote employees suffer from is isolation, which could trigger depression and lack of motivation. These issues could result in low productivity and other challenges. Therefore, ramping up the communication between employees and their follows, managers and employers could help reduce the risk of isolation. Use the right software to ensure better communication.

Encourage employees to make physical activity a priority

Working remotely mostly means sitting on a desk for long hours working on the laptop. This could result in a lot of physical challenges, like pain and discomfort. To prevent this from happening, you need to emphasise the need for physical activity. You can do so by allowing the staff to take breaks regularly and exercise as well.

Work on the mental health of the team

You also need to make sure to make the mental health of your remote employees a priority. You can do so by training the management team to detect burnout, stress, and anxiety, among other mental health issues. Make sure to provide a mental health practitioner that will step in when the problems mentioned above are detected.

Regular assessment of the team

It would also be wise if you keep track of your remote team through proper assessment and feedback. Doing so will help you monitor the physical and mental health of your remote employees. Make a point to schedule an assessment at least every month.

Encourage a work-life balance

One of the main stressors that remote workers face is trying to balance their work and home life. This is especially the case for parents and people without families. The workers may end up either taking on the longer of shorter working hours depending on their situation at home, both of which are ill-advised. Encouraging your team to work during the working hours will help to model their behaviour and allow them time to do other tasks.

About the Author 

Olivia Coughtrie is Co-founder & Director at Oriel Partners a PA and administrative recruitment consultancy based in Central London. Olivia is passionate about making a positive change to the recruitment process.

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