9. Encourage Some Social Interaction
Remote work has a number of benefits, but one of the single biggest drawbacks associated with it is the potential for loneliness or social isolation. This can have a devastating impact on the mental health of team members, leading to absenteeism, lower morale, reduced productivity, and increased staff turnover. Fortunately, there are steps you can take, such as encouraging social interactions via your chosen communication methods. Many organizations set up specific channels for employees to share personal stories such as weekend plans, trips away, birthday wishes, etc. It may also be possible to arrange outings, in-person catch-ups, and other social sessions outside of work time.