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How to monitor the mental health of remote / hybrid workers

Remote and hybrid work has long been a component of organisational culture, but it garnered significant attention during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and the related shutdowns. What emerged during this turbulent time, and in the transitional period that ensued, is the connection between remote and hybrid work and mental health. Both companies and their workers realised that prolonged absences from a structured work environment, whether by choice or force majeure, resulted in a steady decline in mental health in workers, if not a slow degradation of their resilience due to isolation for extended periods of time.

The phenomenon of hybrid working and mental health can no longer be ignored. Whether driven by external circumstances or a deliberate organisational choice, mental health monitoring has become essential for both employees and the company. Striking the right balance between flexibility and mental wellbeing requires a robust framework, something that companies like MindBerry have been emphasing.

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Recognising the challenges faced by remote workers

Despite the increased popularity of remote work lately, it is important to acknowledge that employees who are away from the office or a structured work environment for an extended period of time face certain challenges that are not necessarily as pronounced as those of regular office workers. The touted benefits of remote and hybrid work models far overshadow these challenges, but they should not be underestimated

The effects of isolation on mental wellbeing are well-documented, and remote workers are particularly susceptible. Even as technology has enabled more flexible working arrangements, it’s important to recognise that challenges remain. The absence of physical interactions and a shared workspace can lead to feelings of disconnection and increased stress levels.

Help your employees build resilience

Bearing the above mentioned challenges in mind, we can explore ways to tackle them and help your employees thrive within this environment. Creating a supportive environment is vital, allowing them the freedom to communicate their concerns and feel valued within the organisation. Working alongside mental health counsellors, as needed, helps in creating tailored programmes that focus on individual needs and boost overall morale.

In addition, equipping employees with the right tools and resources to succeed remotely is essential for resilience. Regular training sessions on effective communication, adaptability, and critical thinking can foster a culture of continuous learning and growth. As part of this resilience-building journey, open dialogue with mental health professionals can further contribute to the robustness of support, ensuring that workers are not just surviving, but indeed thriving, in the remote / hybrid working landscape.

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