With widespread remote work still relatively , there is minimal data to indicate whether workplace stress is more significant for remote workers compared to those working in a regular workplace. What is known is that workplace stress manifests itself in many forms. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety issues can be more difficult to recognize in remote workers.
Both managers and employees face challenges when working remotely. Leaders need to adapt and use new ways to communicate to foster and sustain employee engagement as well as to support their employees’ mental wellness needs. When working in an office environment, there are often clear signs when employees are experiencing stress. This can be displayed by increased emotional reactions to situations or insufficient motivation and lackluster performance.
It is essential that business leaders move quickly to acknowledge and deal with the challenges of stress when they see it impacting their employees. Leaders who reach out to remote workers displaying distress signals by offering support can make a significant impact on their future wellness state. Remote workers tend to respond positively to a real show of empathy, such as a caring ear to listen to their anxieties and concerns. They appreciate small gestures like a 1:1 call or a personalized email - something to let them know that someone cares enough about them to reach out.