As the old adage goes, “Health is wealth”. And it is as true as it is old.
Physical and mental health both contribute to the general wellbeing of an individual. When one of them is tipped off the balance, the results are seldom positive.
Employee health is equally important. With the responsibility and work that is placed on a workforce, and with the relation between employee health and productivity, it is important for the employing company to ensure the welfare of their staff.
Today’s mobility and connectivity patterns demonstrate that remote working has a positive impact on those who adopt it, making more and more companies embrace this way of working.
A healthy workforce means better productivity
Unless you are a super-charged human being, or a highly ambitioned CEO, the average employee would not be able to give his/her full potential when sick.
In cases where employees are given the option to log in from home, or basically anywhere they can stay connected, it has been observed that this flexibility has resulted in
- Less sick leaves – With flexibility in working hours as well, remote workers can manage to work when they are feeling better, rather than take the whole day off. Additionally, staying home during illness reduces the chances for coworkers to catch the ailment.
- Less stress – 25% of people who work from home are less stressed than those who work at an office. Mental health is a direct factor when it comes to determining productivity.
- Less morning dread – Some of us might like to be early birds, but a large portion of the population prefers hitting the snooze button when the alarm goes off. Luckily, remote working has also eliminated the 9-to-5 stereotype, and lets you choose what time is the best for you and yields best results. Say goodbye to puffy eyes and large doses of caffeine.
It doesn’t offset work-life balance
In fact, it actually makes it better. Breaks at the office means getting up for a coffee refill, or an occasional chit chat with fellow coworkers. Breaks at home can include getting up to finish up some chores, feed the dog, or simply spend a few minutes with the family. It all contributes to closer relationships at home, which can in turn be a positive factor for better mental wellbeing.
Have control over your diet and exercise
The office cafeteria and vending machine is home to plenty of instant high-calorie and high-fat craving killers, which temporarily give you the boost you need but afterwards put you in a slumped state for longer. Telecommuters are not limited to these options.
When at home, individuals can wisely choose their meals. And if it involves cooking it from scratch, there’s extra points for being off the work desk and chair and stand up for a while.