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6 Strategies for Promoting Employee Mental Health in a Remote Work Setting

Get insights from a 10+ year remote-working business on how to build a robust company culture that supports employee mental health.

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Remote work has become a staple in the modern workplace, but maintaining mental health among employees can be a tricky balance.


With over 10 years of remote work experience, we’ve learned a thing or two about creating a supportive and mentally healthy work environment.


Here are six tips that can help your remote team thrive.

 

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1. Prioritize Clear Communication

Communication is the backbone of any successful team, and it's even more critical when your team is scattered across different locations. Set regular check-ins, use video calls for face-to-face interaction, and encourage open channels for feedback.


"Companies with high engagement levels report 21% greater profitability." - Gallup

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2. Promote Work-Life Balance

Remote work can blur the lines between personal and professional life. Encourage employees to set boundaries, take regular breaks, and log off at a reasonable hour. Flexibility is key, but so is ensuring that work doesn’t take over their lives.


"A 2020 study found that remote workers are 20% more productive but also more likely to overwork." - Harvard Business Review

3. Offer Mental Health Resources

Providing access to mental health resources, such as counseling services, meditation apps, and stress management workshops, can make a significant difference. Partner with mental health professionals to offer webinars or one-on-one sessions.


4. Foster Social Connections

Isolation is a common challenge for remote workers. Create virtual social events, such as coffee breaks, happy hours, or team-building activities. Encourage employees to connect informally and build relationships beyond work tasks.


"Remote workers with strong social connections report 22% lower stress levels." - Buffer

5. Recognize and Reward Efforts

Everyone likes to be appreciated. Recognize employees’ hard work and achievements, both big and small. Use shout-outs in meetings, send thank-you notes, or offer small tokens of appreciation to show you care.


6. Encourage Physical Health

Physical health and mental health go hand in hand. Encourage employees to take regular exercise breaks, offer gym memberships or fitness app subscriptions, and promote healthy eating habits.


"Employees who exercise regularly are 15% more likely to have higher job performance." - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Real Case Study: Basecamp

Basecamp, a fully remote company since its inception, has built a strong company culture centered around employee well-being.


They offer generous time off, promote async communication to reduce stress, and provide access to mental health resources.


Their commitment to employee mental health has resulted in high employee retention and satisfaction rates.


Supporting employee mental health in a remote work environment requires a proactive and thoughtful approach.


By prioritizing clear communication, promoting work-life balance, offering mental health resources, fostering social connections, recognizing efforts, and encouraging physical health, you can create a thriving remote team.

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