Pros for Some, Cons for Others
Remote work is changing the way that companies do business, and the fact that so many have been able to make the transition during the COVID-19 epidemic is putting pressure on the industry to reevaluate and reconsider the roles of many employees. However, working at home is not for everyone. While some may enjoy mental health benefits from being restricted from the stress of an office setting, others who typically thrive in a team environment will struggle.
This is why managers and team leaders must check in with all remote employees regularly. The new work schedule should include regular communications with employees, team meetings, and one-on-one sessions that allow employees to express their concerns, struggles, and other needs that they may have about their remote position.
Isolation and Burnout
- Anxiety or depression
- Struggling to focus or complete tasks
- Inability to focus
- A general feeling of being withdrawn or not feeling like a part of the team
Expected or not, it leads to one of the biggest employee turnover issues: burnout.
- Regular check-ins (individual and team)
- Wellness and “mental health” days
- Encouraging separation of work and personal life
- Assisting with setting objectives and goals
- Flexible working schedules and hours
- Encouraging breaks and time of