The new mandate for employers: Protect the mental health of your employees, no matter where they work
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As COVID rages, the mental health of American workers has become a central issue for businesses, especially as the virus continues to upend plans to return to “normalcy” and the anxiety of employees increases. Today, new third-party data from Prodoscore, the leader in employee productivity visibility and intelligence software, confirms the positive impact of remote working on mental health, as well as productivity and job satisfaction .
Working from home promotes well-being
More than a quarter (31.5%) of respondents work from home full time. An overwhelming majority (82.3%) are happier working remotely than having to work on-site in an office.
The reason? Many employees feel mentally and physically healthier since they started working remotely and are empowered by the flexible work schedule it offers.
Previous Prodoscore surveys have shown that remote workers are also more productive and satisfied with their work.
Employee morale is a major concern for all employees
Ensuring employees feel valued is good for retention, mental health, morale, and company culture. Whether your employee works from home, in hybrid mode or in the office, communication and visibility are essential to maintain the feeling of being valued. Conversely, when employees feel invisible and unheard, it contributes to them not feeling valued, as well as increased stress and anxiety. Fostering that sense of being valued can be more difficult with a remote workforce and the often inherent lack of day-to-day contact.
More than a quarter of survey respondents (27.4%) agree that feeling valued contributes to their happiness at work.
Ongoing communication between management and the workforce, managers and their teams, and even between colleagues, is essential for a happy and productive workforce, especially in a hybrid workplace. However, consistent communication is still lacking in many organizations. Lack of communication can fuel an employee’s floating anxiety about the future.
Prodoscore survey finds over a third of respondents (36.8%) don’t know what the future of work looks like for them
47.7% say their confusion about the future of their job stems from a lack of communication; 41.4% say their confusion is the result of doubting how long to work from home
The impact of remote work on our daily routines
Daily routines have changed with the shift to working from home, with many employees taking advantage of the flexibility that working from home allows. Certain behaviors can signal red flags for employers, such as employees who work more than the traditional 40-hour workweek (29.9%) and those who binge-watch television while working (22. 0%). Both present challenges for employers. Two positive benefits noted are the 39.5% who train more and the 30.2% who see their family and friends more often, two important elements for the promotion of mental health.
Other activities in which employees participate include:
51.2% say they take care of household chores when needed now that they work from home
35.4% say they no longer order lunch every day
30.3% say they shower in the middle of the day
22.5% listen to podcasts while working
Teleworkers seek to alleviate stress in various ways, listening to music (48.1%), going for a walk (39.7%), browsing social networks (34.5%) or taking a nap (26 .8%). Midday workouts are popular with 17.5% of respondents, while 18.1% say they don’t feel stress when working from home.
“While productivity has increased overall with the move to a remote working model, not all of your employees will be able to handle change with the same proficiency,” acknowledges David Powell, president of Prodoscore. “This is another case where insights generated from productivity intelligence software data are critical. While throwing a load of laundry in the washing machine is perfectly acceptable, you don’t want your employees to spend four hours during the workday cleaning their house. On the other hand, you don’t want your employees to work 10-12 hour days and ignore their family, friends and good health. It’s all about balance – and having the right data can help managers ensure their teams are working productively and, just as importantly, not ignoring their mental or physical well-being. »
In fall 2021, Prodoscore and Propeller Insights surveyed more than 1,000 full-time working American adults across all demographics about working from home, the state of their mental health, and how their daily routine has changed.
Prodoscore™ is a company dedicated to empowering teams to be more efficient and productive, validated through improved performance and enhanced contributions. By providing visibility into employee activities through a single, easy-to-understand productivity score, a “prodoscore” is calculated to improve workforce productivity and streamline the employee experience. Prodoscore works seamlessly with cloud tools such as Google Workspace, Office365, CRM systems and VoIP calling platforms, allowing it to be quickly implemented and maintained. Learn more at prodoscore.com.