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The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the global workforce in a way that may never be reversed. Although remote work was out there before the pandemic, remote jobs are now in abundance. They are also in more demand than ever before.
Workers felt they liked the freedom they got from working from home, and many employers recognized that getting their employees to work from home was cheaper and more rewarding than commuting to their office.
However, like anything, there are some negatives to take into account in this new work environment. There are some very real hazards that anyone working from home or supervising employees who work from home should keep in mind.
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1. Lack of human contact in real life can be mentally dangerous
While Zoom and other video conferencing software can make working from home more appealing than a simple phone call or email, the emotional and mental stability of employees working remotely is something that every leader needs to be aware of. Is.
The American Psychiatric Association completed a survey last year that found that remote workers often suffer from isolation and loneliness. Worse, the same study found that the number of employers providing remote workers with access to mental health services has actually decreased since the start of the pandemic. The study found that only 20% of employers offered this service a year after the pandemic began. This was in contrast to 35% of employers offering mental health services at the start of the pandemic.
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2. It’s harder for remote workers to move in and out of work
Although workers often complain about their inability to be away from work these days due to the proliferation of smartphones and employers using email outside of work hours, the problem is even more severe for remote workers, who actually I am only a few steps away from my office at any given time. Moment.
Limits around “off-the-clock” hours should always be followed and respected by employers, and there is a need for a sharp awareness of this fact for employees working out of their homes. Management should respect employees’ time and help them get some much-needed downtime when they are not working in their home office.
It’s important to take breaks and keep the work office exactly as it is – only one workplace if possible. Don’t get into the routine of doing your work at the living room or dining room table; This will create an association in your mind that you should be working when you are in those places. That association should be avoided at all costs.
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3. Remote Working Can Cause Concern
While social interactions and getting out at work can cause anxiety for many workers, the opposite is true for many American workers. Remote working can often be a cause for concern. A survey last fall found that 47% of remote workers are experiencing anxiety. This anxiety can lead to depression, irritability, sadness and panic attacks.
As mentioned in a previous point, one of the biggest risk factors for anxiety is the fact that someone’s home is their office, and workers often feel like they can’t walk away from the job. There is a prevailing feeling among remote workers that they always need to work on something rather than taking breaks. Even the process of walking past the home office can become a source of concern for some.
4. There are increased security risks for remote workers
Remote workers need to be mindful of cybersecurity risks while keeping their computer network safe and secure, not only for their data but also for their employer. For this reason, employers must ensure that the correct infrastructure is in place for the employee’s home office, and if not, compensate the employee to establish a way to keep his or her information secure.
The hackers believe that remote workers are a gold mine and they will target the sector accordingly. Leadership can help keep its workers safe while working remotely, guiding them to stay up to date on cyber security and best practices for navigating remote work environments. A good IT employee is not only there to assist the employees in the office; IT staff should also be accessible to your remote employees.
There is no doubt that remote working is going to be a part of our lives for good. The pandemic changed the way many businesses manage the resources involved with keeping their employees on site and overseeing their employees. That being said, every major change in the workforce throughout history has come with some dangers. Beware of these pitfalls as our new normal becomes permanent.
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