The benefits of remote work are plentiful and well-documented.
But, remote work also requires extra levels of attention and personal responsibility for self-care.
You may not realize how much you depended on the serendipitous interactions and water cooler chat for energy until they’re not there anymore.
If you’re working remote: take care of yourself, get out of the house, go for a walk, strike up a conversation at the coffee shop.
The flexibility of remote work is only worth it if you’re able to fight off the slow burn toward isolation.
Fellow remote workers, don’t forget to:
- 🚶♀️ Go for a walk & get some fresh air
- 🤝 Talk to a stranger
- ☕️ Schedule a coffee or lunch at least 1/wk
- 📆 Join a Meetup or local org and attend regularly
- 📹 Consider making that phone call a video chat
This article is an interesting piece about a Stanford study exploring the productivity benefits of working from home:
- Productivity boost of a full day’s work in one week
- Fewer sick days
- Higher retention
- Over half the participants stopped WFH 100% of the time citing isolation.
Your freedom has a potential downside. Guard yourself!
Remote Wellness Articles
Wonderful article by Amir at Doist on isolation, anxiety, and depression in the remote workplace and what they are doing about it.
Laurel Farrer on the higher rates of anxiety and depression among remote workers and five practical steps to combat it.
When hiring remote employees, it’s important to think about the impact isolation can have. How can you best support the mental health of your remote team members?
World Economic Forum article about workplace stress among remote workers. Stresses the importance of leadership communication.