How can remote workers lower stress in their lives?
Workplace stress is becoming an increasingly common part of life.
Jobs are scarcely 9 to 5 now. As work seeps into everyday life that means people are bringing more of their work home.
One in five people are telecommuting to work every day. Successful companies run entirely on remote teams neither renting nor buying office space. Remote work is surprisingly effective for teams. That’s the reason most businesses are choosing to go with remote work. There’s no rent and it encourages their staff members to be flexible. This makes it extremely attractive during recruitment offers.
Over 20 years ago just 1% of the population had access to the internet. Now over 55% of the world’s population have access to the internet.
The numbers are close to 90% in North America.
In addition to more internet access there are tools like Slack that can help teams monitor remote work. Slack is a communication channel used by companies across the world.
Problems with Stress as a Remote Worker
Remote working is a new and fresh concept. The pandemic has given it a new meaning but it’s still new. We do know that workplace stress can appear in different forms for remote workers and it can be difficult to recognize or allay this stress.
However, what we do know is that workplace stress can come in a different form for remote workers, which can be more difficult to recognise.
When working remote both employees and the people who manage them are face to face with a different set of challenges that can be inscrutable to deal with.
Managers require a number of ways to communicate with a team and also optimize the communication they are currently having.
Here’s the set of issues that a worker working remotely might come face to face with. They can suffer from a range of mental health issues. In this post I’m also going to highlight ways that can help workers overcome these issues.
- No Social Interaction
It’s important to know that remote workers can be gripped with a sense of acute loneliness. This loneliness stems from a sheer lack of social interaction and this tends to have a negative impact on their lives. Unlike offices where there are plenty of things to do like getting some lunch or a drink, there’s nothing as a remote worker. There’s no digital water cooler.
If remote communication is via the internet or worse through phone, there’s very little scope for the conversation drifting to casual channels. It has to be centered around work. Starting a conversation for the sake of it might not feel very comfortable.
- Ability to Work Longer Hours
If work is carried out on a computer and at your home, there’s often the possibility that you’re going to stray more and more and longer hours into work. Why? There’s nobody to monitor you. A retail manager cannot ask his employees to keep the shop up longer than necessary. With remote working all rules are tossed and there’s very little you can do about any of it.
- Working remotely means you end up working late to get to finish the work. If employees can’t finish and log their hours. Employers don’t warn them about it.
- Blurring the Work-Life Balance
Working remotely is great for being flexible and that;s the reason the concept frays work-life balance. On one hand its easy to blur those boundaries and this is one of the impacts of working from home.
- No Telltale Signs
When working in the office others can realize when you are stressed. Its easy to fall behind in performance. It’s easy to see signs of lack of interest. Its easy to see those bags under the eye.
- Working from home no one can warn you about those signs.
How Can Remote Workers Reduce Stress?
One of the better ways to reduce stress is by following the suggestions of those work in offices.
Drink less coffee, smoke less, rest more and get enough exercise. These are all great ideas to reduce stress.
Remote workers can also do the following to help manage their workload.
- Creating Routine and Defining Boundaries:
A separate office space away from family can be one the best things you could do for your health. If you don’t have a space at home go to the local library. Boundaries are key. This means you need to define where you sit and work.
- Discuss Issues Face to Face:
If you feel like there’s too much work talk to the manager. Use Skype or Facetime to see people face to face as there are many benefits of this. You will be able to relate more with them. This is the opportunity to get ahead and see the risk of stress on your mind and spirit.
- Take Holiday:
As a remote worker it can be tempting to carry work with you on a holiday. Office workers don’t do this. So should you.
- Make time for Social Interaction:
Whether it’s your spouse or coffee at Starbucks you need to find a space to find and interact with people. Interaction heals loneliness.
If you want to solve the problem, acknowledge the fact that you are anxious.
Anxiety is difficult to manage, especially when you are remote working and there are children in the background who want your attention. It’s an important call to make. Especially if there are meetings in the room. You can feel isolated when all this goes on.
Whether you want to talk about the current citation or talk to people in the company email it’s important to set boundaries, get support and ask online doctors or therapists to help you.
Most companies are clearly falling behind in this. It needs to be said that you need to spend on your employees wellbeing. The rule is seminal.
Watch out for burnout
Often when teams aren’t working together and can’t be seen doing that they feel less committed to the task at hand. This can stress employees and can egg them to work more than if they were at office.
The burnout reasons and questions tend to emerge out slowly and can be hard to figure out. Watch for multiple signs like depression or a general lack of interest. Establish routines, take frequent breaks and invite a change in scenery.