Four ways how working remotely can benefit our mental health
As part of a new normal, the world is steadily increasing adoption of remote work, with many tech giants already giving their employees an option to work remotely indefinitely. What is the relationship between remote work and mental health?
According to a survey conducted by FlexJobs among 800 US employees, 48% of remote workers report their work-life balance as very good or excellent, compared to only 36% of employees without flexible work possibilities choosing that option. Two-third of remote workers surveyed declared that they prefer to not come back to the office – even after pandemic. They are also almost half as likely to struggle with poor mental health, compared to employees without flexible work options. In what ways remote-based approach can benefit our mental health?
1. Personalised work environment
Working remotely allows you to personalise your work environment, giving you more flexibility. While offices are designed to suit the needs of majority, not everyone is able to focus with frequent interruptions, loud conversations and seemingly endless train of birthday cakes. You know best (and if you don’t – this is the best time to try and find out) where and on what conditions you are at your most productive. Having that freedom improves our confidence and makes us more relaxed, both being crucial to a sustainable work routine.
2. Healthier routine
Working remotely means that more of our energy and time can be directed at our wellbeing routine. It gives us the possibility of eating healthier home-made lunches and squeezing in more time for exercise and meditation. Working in the place where we live also gives us a chance to improve our sleep schedule, which is known to have an immense impact on our mental and physical health.
3. Lower stress levels
According to a study by PGi, 82% of surveyed remote workers related the possibility of more flexible work arrangements with lower stress levels. This comes from the fact that having control over the way we work increases job satisfaction and slows down the burnout. Working from home gives us a possibility to spend more time with our family and friends (and pets), which helps us to approach new tasks more regenerated and with increased motivation.
4. Improved time management
Working from the office, it’s often difficult to juggle family tasks with job-related workload. Going remote means more control over our day and gives us a chance to prioritise and schedule each day differently. No more conflicts between personal appointments and office life, which makes us more calm, organised and facilitates forward planning.
While re-designing our work environment works great in terms of increasing productivity and gives us more time to focus on our mental health, it’s important to keep in mind the flip side – potential feelings of isolation and loneliness. It’s crucial to find an efficient and easy way to communicate with your co-workers from a remote office, and remember to set boundaries between work life and home, as they often may seem blurry.
IS HOME WORK YOUR CHOICE?
It is possible and even recommendable for our health to work from our home. This gives us the freedom to work for any company in the world. In the same way, if you own a company, hiring people from different parts of the world can be a good option.
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