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3 Mental Health Strategies to Help Your Remote Employees

March 21, 2021 / Employee Engagement

Written By: Star White

As many employers continue to manage a partially or entirely remote workforce – some of which may shift to a permanent off-site or hybrid workplace model – they’re faced with the challenge of keeping employees connected. Since social health plays an important role in determining an overall sense of wellbeing and a large number of individuals aren’t socializing with coworkers, peers and friends like they used to, it’s important for workplace leaders to provide their people with opportunities to make meaningful connections. The wellbeing and mental health in the workplace of your workforce depends on it.  

Offer Opportunities for Social Connections 

The mental wellbeing of your workforce is best supported by positive social interactions. Remote workers who have struggled with feelings of loneliness and social isolation are more likely to feel lonely, anxious and depressed, which is why it’s important for organizations to provide plenty of opportunities to engage with their co-workers. Encouraging employees to work together on collaborative tasks, scheduling weekly team meetings (they don’t have to focus on work!) and empowering employees to create and interact with interest-based groups within their digital wellbeing platforms are just a few easy ways to help your people feel connected. 

Concerned about the mental wellbeing of your employees, but not sure where to start? Learn more.

Prioritize Mental Health in the Workplace  

Providing employees with mental health resources is a must. Beyond offering up mental health benefits like mindfulness tools and live health coachingremote workers can also engage through activities like guided team meditation or virtual yoga sessions. According to MetLife, 79% of employees who report good mental health are less likely to feel detached from their organization. Additionally, 86% of workers who feel that they are mentally healthy are more likely to be productive at work. Rather than simply considering workplace mental health resources as an addition to an employee benefits package, putting an emphasis on mental health as a main component of company’s culture is an essential business move in 2021. 

Support your employees through long-term stress with these useful resources. 

Strengthen Remote Company Culture 

Countless employees are missing the bustling workplace environmentThe constant Zoom meetings and digital interactions lack the sense of social connectedness once accustomed toFinding unique ways to make regular meetings and virtual communication more engaging is critical for maximizing employee performanceCasual video chats and remote social happy hours are a great way to use technology as an advantage and initiate a stronger connection among employees while working remotelyAdditional ways to promote more social interactions among employees include scheduling group exercise breaks or starting a workplace wellbeing challenge. To ensure everyone is able to participate, consider designating employees who really know their way around the virtual world as leaders for a multigenerational workforce. By opening more channels of communicationthe remote work environment will improve for everyone and increase employee engagement as well as productivity.  

Discover how your organization can make employee mental health a top priority in 2021 and beyond.  

Around 66% of workers are struggling to stay socially connected, which is negatively affecting their wellbeing. Fortunately, by encouraging your remote workforce to prioritize their mental health and social wellbeing, organizations are likely to see a significant increase employee engagement and productivity as employee wellbeing improves.   

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Source:
[1] https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html
[2] https://www.metlife.com/employee-benefit-trends/ebts-mental-health-2020/
[3] https://www.gallup.com/workplace/320108/ways-leaders-improve-engagement-wellbeing.aspx

 

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About The Author

Star has been an intern at Virgin Pulse since August 2019. She is a student at Brown University and plays soccer on the Varsity Team. Outside of those activities, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading a good book and playing with her pup.

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