Remote Working and its Impact on Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many societal shifts, not the smallest of which was the transition to remote working for countless employees. Now, nearly two-and-a-half years later, many businesses are still allowing employees to work partly or exclusively from home, with no plans to change that any time soon.

Though remote work was temporarily enjoyed by many employees, and there are some who prefer it, it has now become clear that the transition to remote work has had a profound negative impact on mental health.

According to a  recent study conducted by the American Psychiatric Association in May of 2021, most of the study’s respondents stated that they experienced “negative mental health impacts, including isolation, loneliness and difficulty getting away from work at the end of the day” due to the nature of remote working.

In light of this, it’s important for employers to keep in mind that their employees may need a greater amount of help to combat potential struggles with mental health, especially if those employees are spending a significant amount of time working from home and away from the comradery of the office.

Isolation and loneliness can not only impact work performance but an employee’s life in general. It’s important for business and nonprofits to step up and evaluate how they can better care for their employees who have been so flexible through the pandemic and its aftermath.

Applying for a grant with LMC Legacy Foundation could provide the necessary resources your organization or business needs in order to ensure that you are providing the best care possible for your remote workers.