Mental Health and Wellness in the Remote Work Setting

With over a year of remote work experience under our belts, there can still be challenges for employees when it comes to mental health and wellness.

With the accelerated development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the pandemic may be in the rear-view mirror for many people around the world. However, the remote work future is upon us as many workplaces will continue to work remotely, either completely or partially. With over a year of remote work experience under our belts, there can still be challenges for employees when it comes to mental health and wellness.

The Gap Between CEO and Employee Perception about Mental Health Initiatives

According to a survey from mental health app Ginger of 1,229 employees across various industries, 69% of workers felt that their employers were adequately addressing mental health in the workplace. However, 96% of CEOs reported that they were doing enough to address workplace mental health, while 92% reported a more focused effort on mental health due to the pandemic. This data reveals that there’s a gap between how employers and employees feel when it comes to leadership delivering upon a mental health initiatives

Mental Health Support and Productivity are Connected

Despite this gap, CEOs are overwhelmingly aware that employees’ mental health affects business outcomes. According to the survey, 80% of CEOs believe that poor employee mental health negatively impacts employee productivity. This was further supported by employees who received mental health support, with 95% reporting that this support helped them feel more positive, less stressed, and more productive at work.

Remote Work, and Mental Health Support, are Here to Stay

Worldwide ERC®’s new research on remote work that surveyed a global panel of 600 CHROs and senior HR leaders found that a resounding 100% of respondents implemented at least some form of remote work policy, with roughly half of them rolling out formal “work from anywhere” policies. The report also shows that offering a better work-life balance was the top priority for senior HR leaders trying to mitigate the toll that the pandemic, and working remotely, can take on employees. This means that not only is remote work here to stay, but so is the need for mental health and wellbeing support for employees.

Navigating Remote Work with an Emphasis on Mental Health and Wellbeing

The pandemic may be slowing down, but the world of work is heating up in the new remote work environment. It’s never too late to learn additional tips and tricks for navigating remote work, which is why Worldwide ERC® developed a LinkedIn Learning Path specifically for remote work that will set individuals and teams up for success. Courses include “Time Management from Home” and “Supporting Your Mental Health While Working From Home” as well as sessions from the Global Workforce Symposium 2020. Click here to get started and accelerate your learning, master remote work, and improve mental health and wellbeing along the way.

Want to Learn More?

Improved employee work-life balance was just one of the key priorities for senior HR leaders navigating the new landscape of remote work. To learn more about the transformed world of work and how employers are tackling new challenges, Worldwide ERC® launched Transformation of the Global Workforce: Remote Work, focusing on remote work policies and perspectives from global senior HR leaders. Check it out!

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