Work/Life Balance for Remote Employees

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As organizations adjust to our ever-changing reality when it comes to social distancing and finding new ways of doing business, many of us have moved to having a high percentage of our workforce working from home. As a result, many employees have ended up working a lot more hours from home than they normally would.

With the commute gone, people start working sooner and are less likely to stop work at a specific time because they don’t have to think about traffic or how soon they’ll be arriving home to family. Unfortunately, this can lead to burnout, and it’s something employers should consider taking proactive steps to manage.

Ways Employers Can Impact Work/Life Balance for Remote Employees

There are a lot of things employers can do to be proactive about this. Here are some tips for employers looking to influence work/life balance for remote employees:

  • Be wary of scheduling meetings outside of normal work hours, even if you know employees are likely to be available.
  • Discourage leaders from sending messages at all hours. That prompts employees to answer at all hours. If possible, utilize scheduling software options to save messages to be sent during the workday.
  • Ensure expectations and goals are set appropriately.
  • Ensure leaders judge individuals based on outcomes, not the number of hours they work. Don’t incentivize people to be online 24/7.
  • Encourage leaders and employees to set “out of office” notifications after a specific time of day so people don’t feel compelled to answer messages that come in after hours.
  • Encourage employees to take breaks, which may not come naturally in a home environment. Consider providing software that reminds employees of break times.
  • Ensure your teams still have access to wellness initiatives. If you’ve got benefits that encourage wellness or activities, make sure people can take advantage of them remotely.
  • If you don’t already have an employee assistance program (EAP), consider implementing one to get employees access to help if they need it. Ensure the one you choose has remote options.
  • Send team members resources to help them maintain mental and physical health.
  • Ensure leaders set good examples. Discourage them from working all hours so employees don’t feel the pressure to follow suit….

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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