The pandemic did more than change how we work, communicate, and socialize; it also had an unforeseen impact on our mental health. If you felt depressed, anxious, confused, and lost sleep during this last year, know you’re not alone. Communities across the world grappled with the ramifications of COVID-19 as people were forced out of their comfort zone and into challenging scenarios.

For many, this meant working from home for the first time. Remote workers had their daily routines disrupted as they learned to work from home, isolated from co-workers, friends, and loved ones. This profoundly affected working Americans, as work stress and anxiety levels, were at an all-time high in 2020. Now more than ever, mental health and well-being should be a top priority for all.

This new dynamic created challenges for business leaders and marked a significant shift in how remote employees are managed. While it’s impossible to fix all your team’s work stress and problems, there are a handful of steps you can take to support workers – from anywhere.

Managing Your Team’s Work Stress.

  • Lead with empathy. One of the best things you can do for your employees is to show compassion and make yourself available. We may be coming out of the other side of the pandemic, but many are still feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
  • Consider virtual team building. If your team is now working remotely, help everyone stay connected by setting up virtual team-building events. This doesn’t have to be anything major; even a simple coffee break or happy hour over video could be a great way to build camaraderie and help everyone feel supported.
  • Use virtual meeting tools to stay connected. Remote work can be isolating and difficult for some, especially those who have never worked from home before. This is why it’s vital to leverage video conferencing tools like Vai to stay connected and check in with your remote teams.
  • Understand how lonely working remotely can be. Everyone is different, and some may adapt better to working from home than others. Be aware of any changes in your team’s personality or behavior, and let them know you are here to support their mental well-being.

We hope the above tips will help you manage your employee’s work stress and support their needs. And remember, checking in with your team via online meetings or a VoIP phone system is a great way to stay connected and ensure your team has what they need to stay productive and healthy as we continue to adjust to the new normal. To learn more about how Vai’s remote communication tools can support your workers and manage their work stress, contact a knowledgeable Vai team member today.