Overworked During WFH: What Can HR Do?

Welcome to the biggest remote working experiment in the world, thanks to COVID-19. The challenges may be different for everybody, but a recent survey published by www.humanresourcesonline.net stated that 61.3% workers feel that working from home has taken up their personal time and that they have overworked without their employer’s knowledge. Are you one of them?

Yes, nowadays, the line between work and personal life has become increasingly blurred. Have you ever been on a Zoom meeting outside the common work hour? When was the last time you shut down your laptop at exactly 5 o’clock?

The WFH or remote working lifestyle thus becomes the culprit of “same old brand new” psychological ailments that’s buzzing nowadays, such as “Zoom Fatigue”, “Social Isolation” to “FOMO”. Not to be taken lightly, even before the pandemics, experts are connecting the dots between employees’ wellbeing and productivity.

If you’re an HR, this is the best time to take the mental and physical health of your workforce far more seriously than ever before. WFH’s overworked phenomenon is real, and it will do no good to your organization’s productivity.

Here are several quick tips to handle it:

- Train your managers to spot signs of mental distress

- Arrange a wellness program for them with the support of an expert

- Manage attendance with flexibility

- Remind employees to take day-off

Workplace-triggered stress has a new face in this WFH culture; make sure your HR department is equipped with the right partner that can support employees’ balanced life, such as providing tech-based attendance tracking that offers convenience and flexibility, as a service.

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