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Tips to Help Remote Employees Maintain Work-Life Balance

Hanna Wilson, HR tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Employees often work more from home than they do at the office. The boundaries between work and home life will blur, and workers can end up working later in the evening.

Fremont, CA: There are many benefits of working remotely. There's no congestion, fewer interruptions from colleagues, flexible schedules, and more. However, it can be challenging for certain workers to maintain a healthy work-life balance when working from home.

Employees often work more from home than they do at the office. The boundaries between work and home life will blur, and workers can end up working later in the evening. Employees who work remotely frequently work between 50 and 75 hours a week. This may have the unfortunate side-effect of workers experiencing burn out.

Besides, with more employees working remotely than ever before, what can businesses do to help their employees maintain a healthy work-life balance and prevent burnout?

Ensure Normal Working Hours

It is essential for workers working remotely to keep a regular work routine. Although a flexible schedule is one of the advantages of working remotely, it is necessary to delineate working time from off time. If workers worry about work all day and address work communications at all hours, that can lead to burnout.

Employee work hours do not necessarily be from 9 to 5. Employees should make use of the versatility of working from home. However, they should also have a certain period dedicated to working with scheduled breaks and off-work hours.

Keep Employees Connected

Working remotely can be a lonely experience, too. Luckily, there are several tech tools dedicated to helping workers remain in touch across distances. Many of these features can be found in your HRIS. Video conferencing tools may be used to set up online meetings.

Employees need to feel like they're still part of a team, even though they're working remotely. They should be encouraged to communicate with each other and use the HRIS chat feature. However, it is also essential to set limits on communication. Employees should not feel under pressure to respond to communication outside their working hours.

Suggest Designated Work Spaces

It's easy to keep home and job separate because they're in two different places. To re-create this effect for remote employees, you can suggest that they create a designated workspace at home to re-create the workplace environment as much as possible. This will help ensure that they are not distracted when working.

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