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Remote working impact on mental health 

July 31, 2020

Seventy percent of professionals tend to work from home at least once a week. Whereas 53% work from home, half of the week. More and more corporations are making it possible for employees to work remotely, diminishing fixed, and variable land costs. Similarly, due to familiarity with online classes and remote education, 70% of millennials are more likely to choose employers that offer work from home. This choice to work from home has definitely allowed more freedom at work and improve the mental health of employees

Remote working and mental health

The growing conformity of remote working is due to the autonomy that it provides to the workforce. That is flexible hours of working, savings on travel and transport costs, and more interaction with your partners and kids. As adaptability towards remote working rises globally thanks to more internet coverage, setbacks are being noted. Though not widely discussed but widely reported, the remote work continues until a solution comes to Covid-19.

Previously employees would go out and visit their colleagues. But with Corona, it is not just office socialization; even cafe and restaurant visits are minimal. For most people in the Middle Ages, office socialization was the most interaction they used to have, and once that is out of the equation they feel more depressed than previously expected and reported mental health issues.

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Isolation and depression concerns

According to research, isolation can be twice as harmful as physical or mental obesity, and 19% of the remote workers report alone! Whereas 52% of the tech workers in the U.S. reported overworking compared to when they were stationed at offices. As most of the delegation takes place online through emails, misinterpretation occurs as body gestures are not visible. Healthy debates and discussions have become minimal, and authoritative regimes have been reported with subordinates feeling uncomfortable in such a working environment where deadlines and constant emails trigger stress and affect employees during non-working hours.

Mental health is a crucial aspect when evaluating an employee’s performance. Regular video calls with human resources to engage in healthy conversations and discussions on work environment improvement. Booked video calls to chat with colleagues, share ideas, and have creative feedback will give employees a sense of association with the company and reduce physical and emotional distance.

They make sure not to disturb them during non-working hours and keep them in the loop when making significant decisions. Positive feedback and task rotations could help break the monotony in work and give a sense of relief.

Workers should go out for a walk along with their partner or kids during non-peak hours. To keep themselves relaxed and composed. It is suggested to find alternatives to conventional socializing as part of social evolution, to save oneself emotionally balanced and productive.

 

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