The Work from Home coach, for better mental health
Working from home has an impact on our mental health. We work harder than ever and never seem to be able to stop. Working and private life start to become mixed up. The threat of a mental overload is lurking and can lead to an increase in sickness absences. It is harder for employees to step back from their work, or they carry on for longer, as a result of which they lose out on important rest and recovery at home. This is why a Work from Home coach is available within the Facilicom@Home concept.
The health risks
As many as 52% of employers recognise that a disrupted private/working life balance is a health risk, compared with 42% of employees. Stress is such a risk that can have consequences for sickness absences. Where does working life stop and private life start? Quickly checking the email at night, or working at weekends are examples of how working from home can threaten the employability of employees.
The reason: overtime An important reason why the private/working life balance is not always right: research by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows that many people who work from home work overtime. For both occasional and regular home workers, the average is 15% of their working hours. And that overtime is often accompanied by high pressure of work.
What does a Work from Home coach do?
The Facilicom@home Work from Home coach has a preventive and a reactive role in restoring or improving the private/working life balance or other themes relating to distance working. Our coaches are experts in the field of the mental health of home workers. On the basis of their personal profile, employees receive practical tips on protecting and improving their mental health. We also give guidelines for improving the balance of working and private life. The result: an employee remains ‘in the flow’, whether they are working at home or at the office. In that way, working from home can actually have a positive impact on people’s mental health.
Engagement in the company or organisation
In the past, the engagement of employees with a company or organisation always lay at the office. Through the image, design and relationships with colleagues, employees could associate themselves with a business. Often, the home workplace does not have that association. Employees then lose their connection with their brand, the business that they work so hard for. Through creative and smart ‘branding’ of the home workplace, the home office comes to feel like the workplace at the office. Within the Facilicom@Home concept, there are countless possibilities for ensuring that distance working does not feel like that.