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How can remote companies improve employees’ mental health

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Tanushi Jain

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A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 264 million people experience depression or anxiety. Chronic workplace stress is one of the main factors contributing to depression. It could be brought on by workplace risk factors such as unclear tasks and responsibilities, a lack of teamwork and communication, improper tasks for one's expertise or competence, an overburdened workload, and unrealistic deadlines.

Your employees' capacity to work efficiently, perform well, communicate with coworkers, show interest in and commitment to their work, focus, avoid distractions, accept criticism, and adapt to change are all directly impacted by their mental health.

Afterward, depression weakens cognitive function and, in about 35% of cases, prohibits a person from performing job-related tasks. That might be because of symptoms that make going to work more challenging, such as weariness, a lack of motivation, frequent headaches, chronic pain, anxiety, etc.

Your employees' productivity and effectiveness at work, communication with coworkers, interest in and engagement with their work, attention and distraction-resistance, acceptance of criticism, and capacity to adapt to change are all directly impacted by their mental health.

Here’s something organisations can do for the mental health of their employees.

1. Promote a mental health awareness environment

When it comes to boosting your employees' emotional and physical well-being, workplace mental health programs have proven to be effective.

These initiatives not only educate employees but also assist to lessen the stigma and fear associated with discussing these topics.

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2. Create a welcoming, non-judgmental workplace

Employees are more likely to share their feelings and experiences with their teams when their leaders are upfront about their mental health challenges.

3. Make a healthy work-life balance a priority

Even if your remote employees are not keeping track of their time, managers should keep an eye on who is working late and who is the first to reply to messages. Your employees require time away from the office to rest, refuel, and reconnect with family and interests. That helps them recharge their mental reserves so they do not burn out. Keep reminding employees to take breaks whenever necessary.

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4. Always express gratitude and acknowledgement

Recognising and thanking your staff is vital to understanding how to create a positive culture with a remote team. Company-wide meetings or town halls are the best platforms to shower appreciation on your employees and make them feel like valuable assets to your company. People are the most valuable assets to any organisation. Focusing on their mental health should be prioritised by employers not only on humanitarian grounds but also if they wish to achieve outstanding results and profits.

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