Nearly 45%-50% of workers have reported a decline in their mental health as various external factors have negatively impacted remote workers. The financial uncertainties, the challenges of COVID-19, racial unrest, and climate crisis all while adjusting to the “new normal” of working remotely have proved to be a challenge for many. Few are discussing the short-term and long-term, if any, impact on a person’s mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
As an experienced remote worker and remote work expert, with over a decade of experience, Moe Vela, Chief Transparency Officer of TransparentBusiness, has navigated and studied remote work culture. Moe recognises that this pivot and adjustment to remote work has placed many workers into survival mode. With his expertise, he can provide his advice for employers on how to provide the support and resources to their remote workforce with his top six tips:
- Be sensitive to the new normal
- Keep the topic of mental health normalised, fresh and relevant
- Work to destigmatise mental health in the workplace by providing helpful resources and best practices, i.e. training, online resources
- Offer counselling services to your workforce at no cost
- Provide the option for mental health days
- Host virtual workplace-focused psychologists and experts as guests for a 30 min Q and A