Even for Remote Workers, Time in the Office Is Well Spent
Despite having the ability to work outside of an organization’s workspace, remote workers can often be afflicted with feelings of loneliness or burnout. A study on flexibility in the workplace shows that those who are allowed the option of working remotely often feel gracious toward their employers. Additionally, the option to work remotely often will allow employees to feel less of a financial burden since they’ll end up saving on commuting, gas, and food. It’s especially helpful for those who have children in tow and don’t need to pay for childcare.
Managers will need to address burnout and loneliness amongst their remote workforce in a different way. As the traditional workspace changes, managers and higher-ups will need to consider how to deal with these employees in a way that they haven’t had to with their in-office workers. It’s an entirely new way of approaching office culture.
Burnout is one thing that remote workers are often plagued with. Despite being grateful for their ability to work remotely, those working remotely will often work harder and longer hours to try and show their appreciation to their employers and prove that they are working hard even if they’re remote. The best way to retain a positive environment is to be aware of this potential issue.
Another issue they might face is loneliness since they aren’t interacting with any in-office coworkers and will often be left out of conversations or being “in the know,” so to speak, of things that go on when they aren’t there. For instance, if there’s a funny moment between teams, it could be one of those “you had to be there” moments that would have a remote worker feeling left out. A study conducted by Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad from Brigham Young University showed that more people were dying younger due to loneliness, an issue that many workplaces are starting to take more seriously for this very reason.
Remote working is becoming more and more popular, but it’s important to ensure that your remote workers are cared for in the right ways and that managers try to anticipate any potential problems before they become full-blown issues. This is why having a system in place where even remote workers need to come into the office every so often can be largely beneficial for these people.
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