Looking After Remote Workers This Winter

With many teams still working remotely throughout the winter months, taking the time to look after the health and wellbeing of our employees, and ourselves, has never been so important.

Some simple things we can all do to help beat the winter blues while working from home include:

  • Take regular breaks from the desk and computer screen
  • Include exercise in your daily routine
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stop to eat a healthy lunch
  • Have set start and finish times for your working day and stick to them
  • Enjoy fresh air when you can
  • Stay connected

While many have adjusted to working from home and have developed a routine for separating homelife from ‘the office’, one real challenge for employers is ensuring that their employees still feel connected to the business and with each other.

Overcoming this can be as simple as taking the time to do a weekly catch up. But rather than getting bogged down in the usual detail of to-do lists, targets and deadlines, employers can try simply saying ‘hi, how are you doing today?’ Starting a conversation and actively showing that you care about the wellbeing of your team can go a long way to ensuring a happy, engaged, and productive workforce.

Actively encouraging team members to stay connected with each other is also important. Around 35% of employees class relationships with their fellow workers as friendships, therefore facilitating opportunities for teams to meet face to face, albeit through a virtual environment, will help bridge the gap between the workplace and working from home. Maintaining good relationships between team members can boost productivity, enhance motivation, and increase engagement. This all contributes to an employee’s wellbeing and future success of the business.

When to offer additional support

If you suspect that an employee who is working remotely may be struggling this winter, here are some mental health symptoms be aware of:

  • Changes in behaviour
  • Changes in productivity
  • Physical changes

These can be more difficult to spot when you are not seeing people regularly, however there may still be signs to look out for.

The best way businesses can support their employees is to talk to them. While some may be happy opening up in person, others may prefer to talk through social media or text message, whichever works best for them. No one should feel like they are being forced to talk as this can be counterproductive to the support management is trying to offer.

For support that extends beyond the expertise of you and your team, We Are Wellbeing Ltd offers a range of services designed to support organisations to better manage the health and wellbeing of their employees, from management training to employee seminars providing practical tools to help them improve the overall wellbeing of the workforce.

For more information or to start a conversation today, email [email protected]