by Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.
Chairman, The National Center for Emotional Wellness
Working remotely has become more prevalent than ever before. With the global pandemic, many organizations and corporations began shifting to remote work models to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees. While remote work offers numerous benefits, such as increased flexibility and reduced commuting stress, it also presents unique challenges, particularly regarding emotional wellness.
Healthcare providers, organizations, and corporations can significantly foster emotional wellness among their remote employees. Many progressive organizations have started investing in promoting emotional wellness initiatives, recognizing the importance of emotional well-being. Organizations like the National Center can facilitate these initiatives, which include offering training in emotional wellness to remote employees.
Training in emotional wellness equips remote employees with the tools and knowledge to navigate their emotions effectively, leading to increased self-awareness, improved mental health, enhanced job satisfaction, and, ultimately, productivity. By recognizing and understanding their feelings, remote employees can develop healthier coping mechanisms and handle stress more effectively. Furthermore, training in emotional wellness also promotes empathy, compassion, and improved communication, enabling remote workers to better understand and support their colleagues. (Brooks, S. K., et al., 2020)
Healthcare providers can also contribute to the emotional wellness of remote employees by offering teletherapy and counseling services. Remote workers may sometimes feel isolated and disconnected from their colleagues, impacting their emotional well-being. By providing accessible and confidential mental health services, healthcare providers can help remote employees address emotional challenges they may face. Teletherapy has become increasingly popular in recent years and offers remote workers a convenient and secure way to seek professional help and support. Research has shown that teletherapy can effectively provide a valuable resource for remote employees. (Hubley, S., et al., 2016)
Organizations and corporations can create a culture that prioritizes emotional wellness through various strategies. They can encourage regular check-ins and open communication channels to ensure remote employees feel supported and connected. Implementing virtual team-building activities, such as virtual coffee breaks or online social events, can foster a sense of community among remote workers. Recognizing and celebrating employee accomplishments remotely can also boost morale and emotional well-being. (Smith, D., et al., 2021)
Moreover, organizations can offer resources and tools for remote employees to manage their emotional wellness effectively. This may include providing access to meditation and mindfulness apps, journaling, flexibility in work schedules, and promoting a healthy work-life balance. Creating space for employees to voice their concerns and providing access to information on mental health resources can also provide critical support for emotional well-being. (World Health Organization, 2019)
Emotional wellness plays a vital role in ensuring the well-being and satisfaction of remote employees. Healthcare providers, organizations, and corporations are all responsible for fostering emotional wellness among their remote workforce. By providing training in emotional wellness, offering teletherapy services, and implementing strategies that promote a culture of emotional well-being, remote workers can thrive in their roles and experience a greater sense of satisfaction, improved productivity, and overall well-being.