There’s been a shift in the way we work in recent years, with remote work now the norm for many employees across the UK. The Office for National Statistics reported that pre-Covid-19 only 12% people worked from home, which rose to 38% in February 2023. For many employees, some degree of flexibility and the ability to work from home is now seen as a crucial factor in them staying in or starting a new job.
This trend presents a challenge: how do you ensure that your employees are happy and productive when working from home? It certainly isn’t a case of out of sight, out of mind, but it is harder to look after someone when you have much less in-person interaction, which also increases the chance of feeling isolated.
Some employees can also find it difficult to switch off and run the risk of burnout and it means you have to find solutions that work for remote workers also.
Here we’ve listed some of the challenges for home workers and how wellbeing solutions can help:
The ChallengeRemote work can be isolating and lead to feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
The SolutionWellbeing solutions, such as online counselling and mental health resources, can help employees maintain their mental health and prevent burnout.
The ChallengeWorking from home can blur the boundaries between work and personal life.
The SolutionBy offering flexible schedules, wellbeing solutions can help employees manage their workload and create a better work-life balance.
The ChallengeRemote work can create a sense of disconnection between employees and their organisation.
The SolutionBy implementing wellbeing solutions, employers can foster a sense of community and connection among their remote workforce.
The ChallengeIf employees feel isolated and forgotten, they are less likely to be productive.
The SolutionImplementing wellbeing solutions can help employees feel more engaged with their work and increase their motivation to perform well.
The ChallengeWorking from home can also lead to musculoskeletal issues due to poor ergonomics.
The SolutionBy providing your people with the right information and equipment, you can ensure the risk of musculoskeletal issues is kept to a minimum.
We have experience of working with businesses with disparate work forces and have created wellbeing strategies that work for all employees, no matter where they work from. Our solutions include:
Our workshops and webinars cover a range of topics, including mental health, stress management and work-life balance.
Our 24 Hour Advice and Information Line with structured counselling gives your employees access to professional support from experienced counsellors, nurses and legal advisors.
We offer a range of digital resources that employees can access from their computer or mobile device, whenever they need them.
Togetherall is a safe online space for your employees to explore things that are troubling them and get support in anonymity and confidence.
Supporting the wellbeing of remote workers is essential for creating a positive work environment. By implementing wellbeing solutions, you can help your employees maintain their mental and physical health, increase their productivity and create a sense of connection with their organisation.
Access 1:1 support, live, on-demand or in-person webinars and workshops and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to support mental health and wellbeing.Find out more
An essential employee assistance programme to support mental health.Find out more
Ready-made annual wellbeing employee engagement programmes.Find out more
“We recently held employee webinars on a number of key topics, delivered by the Westfield Health Coaches. These were well received by our employees, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic…. Our webinar topic recommendations would be: Dealing with Uncertainty, Positive Thinking, Mindfulness, Work Life Balance, Mental Health Awareness and Working from Home.”