Would you know if your employees were experiencing loneliness?

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the spotlight is on loneliness. Figures from The Red Cross show that before the pandemic one in five people reported feeling lonely. After all lockdowns ceased, this figure rose to 41%.

Even though the world has opened up again and we are free to socialise and travel, for some, the feelings of isolation are still present and this includes people who work from home.  Once the initial novelty of having no commute and living in loungewear wore off and Zoom meetings became the norm, for some the feelings of loneliness began to set in.

What to look out for

Working remotely means you aren’t able to pick up on normal cues by watching or talking to your employees face to face, but there are things you can look out for.

  • Mistakes or missing deadlines – If you have an employee that’s usually really organised and on the ball keep an eye out for any changes in their work which might suggest they’re feeling disconnected.
  • Silence or minimal input on team calls – if you notice someone is quieter than usual and not interacting in team meetings as much as usual they may be feeling withdrawn.
  • Increase in sick days – Loneliness can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and depression which may lead to an increase in sickness absence.

So how can we keep remote workers engaged?

Apart from regular communication and check ins, an ideal solution is to conduct regular engagement surveys with your employees.

These can range from an in depth questionnaire, to a simple one question check in each week to get an overview of the mood of your workforce.

It allows you to nip any issues in the bud, keeping your employees happy and motivated. This is turn leads to better staff retention.

We recently worked with Bellway Homes and the data gathered allowed them to find employee pain points they weren’t previously aware of and provide solutions. Take a look here.

If you’d like to find out how ResourceBank’s engagement services can benefit your workforce, get in touch with Charlotte below.

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