Working from home should be a good thing. No long commute, no interruptions from colleagues, no hot-desking. Employees are often more productive, and technology keeps everyone in touch.
The downside is that the divide between work and home life can become blurred when the kitchen table doubles as an office space. It becomes impossible to switch off, especially while our opportunities to go out and socialise are limited.
Meetings are still scheduled back-to-back, with barely a chance for a loo break let alone lunch!
Some employees report feeling even more stressed than they were in the office! It's easy to feel isolated when there's no chance of a chat by the water-cooler, or a drink after work.
So how does an employer replicate that sense of camaraderie and positive energy when the team members are working remotely? What measures could you take to make yours a great company to work for?
One solution is to take a short break in the working day and schedule a group activity. For an hour or two, colleagues meet and share a creative writing workshop, facilitated by an experienced writer and teacher.
They will be introduced to ways to harness imagination and observation, and hone their writing skills. But the main thing is to 'play' with creative ideas and come back refreshed and re-energised. If you'd like to know more about how to boost employee morale while working remotely, please get in touch.