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Are your employees struggling with mental health? Five signs to look out for

As many people have been stuck at home for over a year, it's no surprise that the novelty of remote working is wearing off.

What started as an opportunity for more time at home and the removal of many peoples' tiresome commutes to work had now spiralled, bringing its own pitfalls.

Factors such as longer working hours and feelings of isolation have quickly become sore points for employees, resulting in burnouts and worse work/life balances.

As contact with people is drastically scarcer, it’s unsurprising that line managers and employers are struggling to pick up on signs of strain.

In this blog, we’ve identified five indicators relating to employee mental health that you need to look out for, so you can help alleviate the burden for those struggling with remote working.

1) Visual signifiers

When you’re spending the day alone – working from home – it just doesn’t make sense (at least to me) to always be wearing the same formal attire that we wore to the office.

It’s so common that people are now referring to wearing a smart top with casual bottoms on video calls as the modern-day mullet – business on the top, chill on the bottom.

Wearing casual clothes or going makeup-free isn’t a sign for alarm, but if someone does appear to be tired or their surroundings don’t look positive, it might be worth asking them about their wellbeing.

2) Drop in enthusiasm

A drop in enthusiasm isn’t solely related to work as it can also impact peoples’ free time.

Especially as the pandemic has made it challenging for people to live their life to the fullest.

Is someone you work with who was previously brimming with excitement regarding each project, or what they did over the weekend suddenly quiet and distant?

Make sure you check in with people to see how they’re doing both during and outside of working hours.