In this episode of the My TechDecisions Podcast, Associate Editor Zachary Comeau talks to Andi Britt, vice president of talent and engagement for IBM in Europe, about remote work fatigue and what companies can do to keep their remote employees happy and engaged.
IBM’s ongoing Institute for Business Value Survey polled 14,500 adults in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico and Spain last month and found that workers are increasingly less likely to say they want to work from home.
The percentage of Americans who said they want to work from home at least part time declined from more than 80% in July to 67% in August as we entered 6 months of various phases of COVID-19 lockdown.
Further, only 50% said they want to work remote full time, down from 65% in July.
According to Andi Britt, vice president of talent and engagement for IBM in Europe, much of those shifting attitudes can be attributed to the mental health effects of lockdown and isolation.
“Although we [IBM] didn’t go into too much detail on what the mental health issues were in this survey, the kinds of issues that people are struggling with include the difficulty of switching ‘off,”’ Britt says. “For instance, when you’re virtually contactable, that connection is 24/7, so the lack of a commute or travel time means that you are ‘always on.’”
According to Britt, companies can help solve remote work fatigue and mental health issues by limiting video meetings, not scheduling meetings during lunch hours and being empathetic and understanding that working from home isn’t the luxury that many think it is.
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