An employee’s well-being is defined by various factors, both inside and outside of work—including physical, mental, social and financial well-being. Overall well-being is something that employees desire but can be challenging to achieve. Not only can employees who achieve well-being thrive in their personal and professional lives—they offer immense benefits to organizations.
The good news for employers is that the efforts they take to ensure employee well-being can not only help their employees and their bottom line, but are also very attainable. A Harvard Business Review survey found that 95% of employees feel that their organization has at least some control over employee well-being, with 38% reporting that they feel their organization has a high degree of control.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many employers find themselves revamping their remote work arrangements. According to a study from PwC, 55% of executives plan to have employees work remotely at least one day a week post-coronavirus. Likewise, the same survey found that 72% of employees would prefer to work from home at least two days a week. While some employees may desire to go back-and-forth between an on-site and remote location, 32% of employees reported that they would prefer to work entirely remotely. That means that, as leaders plan to achieve a high level of employee well-being, remote employees should be accounted for.
Those who are working remotely have many of the same desires as any other employee. However, they also face unique challenges. According to Gallup, a top concern for remote employees is loneliness—which can impact many of the different facets that make up employee well-being. Ultimately, whether an employee is on-site or remote, employers should consider how to best provide support accordingly, and it is rarely a one-size-fits-all solution.
How do employers prioritize well-being for all employees—both on-site and remote? Appropriate efforts will vary by organization.
To aid you, Employco has created an HR Toolkit that offers an overview of well-being, how well-being uniquely applies to remote employees, and steps that employers can take. The toolkit also includes an Appendix that offers infographics, checklists and a scorecard. Click the following link to read the HR Toolkit – Remote Employee Well-being.