Remote working has been on the rise since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many organisations have embraced working from home and have kept this approach despite the reintroduction of office-based working.
Working from home has many advantages for an employee, however, it can be difficult to keep employees engaged when they are working in a more relaxed, familiar environment.
In this article, we will be exploring ways in which to keep remote workers engaged by using a wellbeing app.
Engaging Employees Working From Home
Working from home (WFH) comes with many advantages. No commute time, flexible working hours, and improved work-life balance. However, these qualities could also result in a lack of engagement.
With the kids being around, the fridge being so close or the overflowing laundry basket catching your eye, it can be tough to stay engaged and focused on your work.
According to Psychology Today, “The belief is that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice, and 7% is the actual words spoken” so it can be difficult to engage with our colleagues and efficiently communicate through a screen. Although online communication can be challenging, this does not mean it can’t be done and result in huge benefits for both employer and employee.
Ultimately, research has shown that WFH has huge beneficial qualities for individuals and their workplaces.
Engaging remote workers can be a challenge when they aren’t communicating face to face. For employers, you cannot see what your workforce is up to or how engaged they are in their work. There are a number of ways to support remote employees and help them stay engaged.
Further Reading: Does WFH Improve Employee Wellbeing?
Seeing Through The Furlough Fog
It’s important to note that employees are no longer on furlough and life has dramatically changed since the pandemic. The reintroduction of life’s ‘normalities’ could make it difficult for some remote workers. It’s essential that well-being programmes that were introduced during the pandemic are continuously regulated so that employees receive the most benefits out of their well-being plan and say engaged with their work.
Over 50% of remote workers have been reported to feel disconnected from their colleagues and feel lonely when WFH.
How can we establish a community culture in the workplace without being face to face?
Benefits Of A Wellbeing App
Employee wellbeing and productivity are closely related. In essence, the more an employee’s overall wellbeing is nurtured, the more productive they are in their work. When working from home, employees still require positive well-being to stay engaged and increase productivity.
With a well-being app, employees can stay engaged with their colleagues and workload without the need for face-to-face interaction. Promoting wellbeing whilst remote working is a brilliant way to keep a workforce engaged. Despite where they are working from, an employee’s experience of work should be at the top of the agenda to ensure maximum productivity and engagement.
An app that offers well-being support and community culture is the best way that a workforce can stay connected when WFH.
You can read more about how to increase productivity using a well-being app here.
There are several well-being apps on the market. Our article ‘Wellbeing Apps for Employees’ is a brilliant insight into what’s out there for employees to prioritise their wellbeing.
The Wellspace Application
At Wellspace, we go that one step further. We believe that creating a community culture at work is pivotal for a healthy work-life. Our application and portal allow employers and employees to stay engaged with their colleagues, their workforce and most importantly themselves.
We believe that employees’ well-being should be at the heart of any business and so our application incorporates a sleep tracker, activity tracker, mental health tracker, team challenges and community hub.
Allowing employees to track their well-being on a well-being app results in more engagement. Fun team challenges on the application allow for colleagues to communicate in a fun, competitive way – tracking one another’s progress in team challenges creates a community culture amongst the workforce, despite remote working. The community hub is a place where employees can access resources to better their well-being, financial, career, health and fitness advice and updates.
The Top Wellbeing App
Think you could benefit from keeping employees engaged with a wellbeing app? We can help!
Book a free demo of our application and portal on our website.
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