Remote work has surged in popularity in the post-COVID world. However, that doesn’t mean the WFH life is without its share of difficulties. Below are some ways of supporting your team through WFH fatigue.
If you manage a partially or fully remote team, it’s important to be mindful of why some people struggle with this work model and what you can do to help.
Challenges of Working from Home
Every worker is different. While some may work well with (or even prefer) a remote model, others may experience a drop in productivity or job satisfaction.
Although the majority of people surveyed said they were equally or more productive when working from home, 42.9% of respondents reported feeling less productive than when working in the office.
Staying aware of the unique challenges of working from home and looking for signs of WFH fatigue among your team members will help you address any problems before they get out of hand.
Set Realistic Standards
Working from home can blur the line between professional life and personal life. In order to stave off WFH fatigue, you may need to remind your employees to take breaks and refrain from checking emails or Slack messages when they’re off the clock.
It’s also critical to note that WFH life will not exactly parallel a day in the company office. For example, WFH often calls for more time spent on communication with employers and coworkers.
By setting realistic standards, you can help your team members keep their confidence up and keep them from burning out.
Remote Team-Building Opportunities
Working from home may leave some team members feeling isolated from their coworkers and managers. One way to help your WFH staff feel supported is by ensuring that social and team-building events are remote-friendly.
While office parties and team lunch outings can be fun, WFH employees may feel excluded if they’re the only social opportunities. Hosting remote events on platforms like Zoom or Discord will allow the whole team to participate.
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