Addressing The Balance – Worker Wellness And Hybrid Working

Learn how we can start addressing the balance between worker wellness and hybrid working mode in order to get the benefits for your employees

Addressing The Balance - Worker Wellness And Hybrid Working

Remote working has provided many benefits to workers, but, according to employers, stripped many others. Learn how we can start addressing the balance between worker wellness and hybrid working mode. This is now such an issue that, according to Forbes, 47% of employers are reconsidering remote working options, citing issues over ongoing employee wellness stemming from their hybrid or remote working. There are three main tracts to this:

  1. Confusion over employee workplace responsibility
  2. The balancing act of work/life balance,
  3. The matter of employee mental health and rising experiences of isolation.

The first is the easiest to address, or at least in terms of how much control the employer has.

Employee monitoring

One issue with remote working is that the employer has more trouble keeping tabs on their employee.

As SHRM highlights, this has already caused problems with monitoring tax arrangements, with out-of-state workers potentially causing problems for payroll. For employees, there are challenges over issues such as compensation and disability claims balancing worker wellness in hybrid working.

There is a greater chance of employees having disability claims rejected by the government at home, and there is less control from the employer in terms of support, monetary or in terms of paperwork.

The answer comes in a closer HR framework. Businesses must tie together what the employer is aware of and what the employee can provide.

Clarity and communication will ensure that all of the facts are on the table and the remote working environment works for all parties.

Redressing work and life: Worker wellness and hybrid working

While remote work has allowed workers to reclaim a lot of their commute time, many are losing time due to a constrained work/life balance. It’s easier to log on earlier, and log out later; and, with living spaces shared with working spaces, many workers feel like they’re ‘always on’.

As difficult as the commute was for many, the physical nature of the office makes it easy to have a clear break after the working day is done, as CNBC highlights. Moving forward, workers must be empowered to switch off once the day is out.

When they finish their hours, they log off, regardless of what might be hard ahead of time.

Fighting isolation: Worker wellness and hybrid working

According to research cited by The Atlantic, full remote work makes workers less happy. Up to 70% of workers found the lines between work and life too significantly blurred. Isolation also set in. Hybrid working is, arguably, the answer to that.

It helps to create a greater connection to the employer and provides a greater opportunity to check in. It also ensures that isolation can’t set in for the employer in the long run.

Finding that balance is the challenge for employers. Every single business is different – an acceptable hybrid percentage for one will be different for another.

Establishing that level will be a labor of love, but an effective one for the proper running of the business – and the health of employees.