Everyone wishes they could work from home, until they actually start working from home. While some employees will enjoy the independence, a considerable number will discover that the isolation is not all it’s cracked up to be and will soon crave the social environment of the office.
The effect of remote working on team morale and the psychological impact it can have on individuals must not be underestimated.
One of the key ways you can ensure you keep your finger on the pulse is by scheduling regular check-ins with all lone workers. Though they’re physically isolated, employees need to feel as though they’re connected digitally. This means encouraging them to raise issues, ask questions and talk things over with colleagues and supervisors whenever they want.
Workplaces can also take other steps to raise morale. Some businesses have begun organising an “after-work drink” over Skype, allowing staff to socialise and unwind once the day is over. In the coming months, these inventive uses of technology will become increasingly important for employee well-being. Get planning now!