There seems to be a glimmer of hope at the end of the pandemic tunnel as vaccines are being distributed worldwide. However, the threat of COVID-19 is still at large.
Knowing this, it is clear that companies must continue to allow their employees to work from home until it is safe to come back into the office.
A survey conducted by Mireia Las Heras, Professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School, found that women suffered 20% more than men as far as mental fatigue goes. So how can businesses support their remote workers until then?
Business leaders should ensure that their employees are taken care of by encouraging them to take time off from work and set distinct boundaries between their work and home lives.
If they do not take these measures, workers can suffer from burnout and other mental health problems.
Being there for employees will also be crucial to nurturing a healthy work environment. Offering an empathetic ear allows workers to know that they are being supported throughout these unprecedented times.
Flexibility will continue to be a key component of a proper employee experience. Giving them the freedom to choose when they work allows them to achieve a better work-life balance. It also shows that business leaders trust their workers, which leads to higher job satisfaction.
The benefits of remote working don’t only impact employees — businesses can also gain their own perks such as cutting down on overhead costs, opting out of risky long-term leases and see increased productivity.