5 ways to foster employee wellness in a hybrid setup
August 11, 2021
As offices everywhere ease their way into the post-pandemic world, many have found that the hybrid work setup, in which employees work at the office on some days of the week and at home on others, is the best one to adopt. In fact, 63% of high-growth companies are currently using hybrid models.
However, if your business is looking into shifting to a hybrid setup or is currently in the process of doing so, your employees may have some concerns going into it. How will this fit into their current home routine? What are the chances of accidental COVID transmission?
Though any major operational change is difficult, it's far from impossible. Employee wellness is something that can be maintained and even fostered under a hybrid setup. These tips can help you get started.
Bring the team closer together
Combat feelings of isolation and detachment between members of your team by encouraging online communication during the workday. With online platforms like Slack, employees working remotely won't feel left behind as compared to those who worked at the office.
This is especially important if your hybrid work model is similar to that followed by customer relationship management service Salesforce. Its business analysts, functional consultants, and other employees are spread between remote and office work, without any kind of rotation.
At the same time, by providing open, honest, and stress-free lines of communication, you encourage your employees to bring up any concerns they have with the hybrid setup.
Prioritize mental health
One thing that drives employees to perform better is a good mindset. Inevitably, many people bring the stress of their home life to work, and this can impact the quality of their output. And with a hybrid setup, it's difficult to assess whether an employee is going through something.
That's why it's up to management to take the initiative and check in on employees regularly. You can also recommend resources like mental health apps or even issue "mental health days" on which employees can take a break. This is especially important for more stressful occupations, such as those in customer service and event planning.
Ward off burnout
One vital part of ensuring employee mental health is preventing burnout, so much so that it's a point all on its own. With a hybrid setup, it's important to communicate boundaries and expectations, so employees avoid overworking. You can also introduce productivity software to the fold. This can come in handy for employees who have a lot on their plate.
For example, a social media manager's job is to know the latest on a brand's online presence across a variety of platforms. This can be exhausting, especially now that online activity is surging. Fortunately, they can use a social media content creation platform to help them publish posts and optimize their exposure to target demographics. This streamlines the creation process, making their tasks easier to accomplish.
It's also important to know the signs of burnout, so you can catch it and alleviate it in time. Such signs include an increased number of mistakes and decreased productivity or motivation to work. Once you spot this in an employee, consider easing their workload or allowing them more flexible scheduling options so they can work on improving their work-life balance.
Lead by example
By also taking time off for yourself, you can encourage your employees to do the same. For example, if you're in a slump, take the initiative by going on a break so you can come back to work in full fighting force. By modeling healthy behavior, you'll be inspiring your employees to bring the best of themselves to the office every day.
Celebrate the small wins
Keep employee morale high by recognizing milestones and achievements, however small. Celebrate the most sales made in a month or even the anniversary on which they joined your team. These can be done in department-wide meetings, through private emails, or tools like Qarrot that enable peer-to-peer recognition. Either way, a confidence boost may be just the thing to help employees feel satisfied about the work they do — and your business will be better off for it.