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Mental Health in home office is a relevant aspect

Mental health in the home office

The home office is revolutionizing work and life, and mental health is an important aspect that employers and employees should keep in mind. Employees can no longer work together in an office and work may take place exclusively in a home office. How does this affect mental health and what factors should you consider in terms of mental stress in remote work?

How does digital working affect health?

Digital working offers many benefits for companies, such as accelerating business processes and becoming more competitive. For employees, working in a home office means, above all, a better work-life balance.

To guarantee these improvements for both entrepreneurs and teammates, you should pay attention to mental health. After all, digitalization brings some changes for employees as well as challenges in their daily work routine. As an employer of a successful remote company, it is important to be aware of these and offer support in everyday work.

 

The following aspects should be considered concerning mental health:

  • The appropriate work location for the home office.
  • The organization of the workload and multitasking.
  • The constant flow of information.
  • The coordination of virtual collaboration.
  • The limited personal contact.
  • The accelerated work processes.
  • The constant availability independent of time and place.
  • Performing sedentary work.

 

How do you stay mentally healthy in the home office?

A fundamental feel-good factor is a right workstation. An ergonomically equipped workspace, for example, can contribute to this. Sufficient light and a quiet workplace where the employee can concentrate are other important factors. To maintain mental health, the employee should have good organization and structure. This starts in their personal life. Endurance sports, fitness, or other athletic activities have been shown to support mental well-being.

 

In a report on physical activity and health, the RKI writes the following: “Physical activity has a beneficial effect on emotional and mental health in both mentally ill and healthy individuals”. With this in mind, workers should be encouraged to take time for themselves every day and incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.

 

Organization and work effort play just as important a role for employers. Make sure workers can complete their tasks in a timeframe that is convenient for them and avoid overtime. A work laptop and cellphone can help employees break from work after hours and better separate their personal and work lives. This way, you can focus the flow of information within work time and there will be no overwhelm due to constant accessibility.

 

Allow employees to maintain contact with each other virtually as well. To do this, you can set up virtual team meetings and internal employee chat rooms for exchanges. Promote positive interaction with each other, use smileys when chatting to express positive feelings, and make regular feedback appointments to encourage and support employees in their work.

 

Workplace relaxation tips

Regular physical relaxation and shutting off your mind will help you become more balanced. If you work in a home office, you should pay special attention to your own needs. To that end, here are some tips that will help you relax.

 

Breathing exercises  

Breathing is an important part of dealing with stress. If you pause and take a few deep breaths in and out, you will notice how your body relaxes and your thoughts sort themselves out. Such breathing pauses can be deliberately scheduled several times throughout the day via smartphone reminders.

 

Deal openly with fears  

Anxiety is also an important factor in professional life that has a significant impact on mental health. If you dare to name this fear openly, you will automatically learn to deal with it better. In anxiety-ridden situations, controlled breathing in and out can also be very helpful.

 

Pay attention to exercise and nutrition  

A balanced lifestyle helps to be successful in professional life as well. Nothing is worse than overexerting yourself. By getting the necessary exercise and eating a healthy diet, you strengthen your body and therefore your mind.

 

Harnessing the power of plants  

Even the most relaxed employee can get into a stressful situation where no breathing exercises or other relaxation techniques will help. Instead of turning to sleep pills or other medications, you can harness the power of plants. Valerian, Johannis herbs, hops, lemon balm, passionflower herb, lavender, and roseroot have been used for centuries to treat stress symptoms.

 

outsourcing4work- An experienced home office partner at your side  

Working in a home office brings various challenges for employers and employees and mental health plays a relevant role. outsourcing4work has been successfully working 100% remotely for many years. With our experience and a well-established digital infra- and communication structure, we support our customers as a partner for IT and BPO services, as a mediator of IT professionals and consultant in matters of remote teams.

Would you like to learn more? Then book an appointment for a free initial consultation with our experts.

Remote work as an opportunity for climate protection

How the environment benefits from remote work  

When the Corona pandemic broke out in Germany in spring 2020, remote work was more present than ever before. Many employees now work from home and have a home office.

In the meantime, we can see the positive changes remote work has had on companies. Parallel to this, the many positive influences of this development on the environment or climate protection can be seen. Among other things, remote work helps to save energy, Coand to minimize paper and waste consumption.

 

More sustainability in the home office    

The extent to which remote work and working from home are more sustainable and have a positive impact on climate protection becomes clear in the following points:


Saving energy 
 

It is not new knowledge that many electronic devices are needed in an office building, and that these usually run in standby mode or are even in operation 24 hours per day. Printers and coffee machines are rarely switched off, and in many offices the lights are on all day. 

This is different in the home office. The mere awareness that one is in one’s own four walls triggers a rethink in many people. The coffee machine and the light, for example, are only switched on when they are needed.

Reducing Co2 emissions  

Daily journeys to work are no longer necessary, and the use of public transport is also reduced. This fact is probably the most obvious when thinking about remote work and home office.

Greenpeace has evaluated the effects this has on CO2 emissions from transport in a study. It says that emissions can be reduced by 5.4 million tons per year if only 40 per cent of employees do remote work permanently two days a week.

Furthermore, with two fixed days per week in the home office, up to 21 billion fewer passenger kilometers are driven per year. As seen in 2020, this elimination of kilometers driven also affects petrol prices. The demand for crude oil has fallen worldwide and prices have been at a low level as a result. 

Another significant CO2 saving from remote work and working from home was the reduction in air travel. Many more meetings are now held online, which also has a positive effect on the climate and the air.

Separate waste  

It is often incomprehensible that something works in your own four walls but not in an office community. Waste separation is one such issue. This is probably due to the fact that in one’s own four walls, more attention is paid to the correct separation of waste, whereas in an open-plan office, for example, things sometimes end up in the wastepaper basket that do not belong there.

In terms of saving waste, working from home has another advantage. Common water dispensers or coffee machines that dispense drinks in plastic cups are rarely found at home. This means that a lot of plastic and disposable waste can be avoided.

Saving paper  

Remote work has another positive effect on saving paper. Due to the decentralized work of the employees, digital signatures and digital filing have finally become part of everyday office life. Printing documents is often no longer necessary and only what is absolutely needed on paper should be printed. Paper documents that are passed from desk to desk internally and then filed and archived in folders are a thing of the past with remote working models.

 

Environmentally friendly for many years  

Outsourcing4work – remote solutions has been working 100% remotely for many years and is therefore environmentally friendly. In this way, we make a sustainable contribution to climate protection. However, we do not just keep our experience in the field of functioning remote work to ourselves. As a partner, consultant and mediator of IT specialists and provider of back office outsourcing solutions, we help our customers to successfully integrate remote employees or entire teams into the company and to make the best possible use of the opportunities offered by remote work.

If you also want to rely on remote work with our cost-efficient staffing solutions and thus also make a contribution to climate protection, then contact us for free initial consultation!

 

Boost Your City (01.12.2020)

 

The 51-year-old heads an internationally successful company with more than 100 employees.

Although he often cannot go out of his house for months and spends most of the time in bed because of his serious illness (CFS – Chronic fatigue syndrome), he runs an internationally successful company with more than 100 employees – Khalid Nadeem Arif (51 years), founder and CEO of outsourcing4work.
The impressive story of this brave man from Groß-Gerau shows how much people can achieve despite difficult circumstances. And that even what could be considered a negative stroke of fate always bring opportunities with them.


A slogan with potential: outsourcing4work – remote solutions

The development of the remote model of outsourcing4work begins long before Corona. And it is a prime example for companies that are successfully involved in the field of digital infrastructure. More than ten years ago, the Pakistani entrepreneur Khalid Nadeem Arif took the decision to focus intensively on working in the home office. The reason for this was an illness that made it impossible for him to get out of bed at times. Instead of giving up on his company, he gradually developed it into a 100% remote company.
The IT and personnel services company now employs people from all over the world with more than 100 employees from 17 countries. They all work together remotely. Guided and supported by the man who at the beginning of his career could hardly have foreseen the growth his remote model would one day reach. As a provider of Indian IT experts, the innovative infrastructure is also a central core of the business model.
Sometimes Khalid Nadeem Arif is a little surprised by his own strength: “Today I often can’t go out of the house for months and lie in bed most of the time,” says Arif [https://youtu.be/ncyN1TnoJRc]. “As soon as my health allows, I start to work until I have to recover again in a very quiet and dark room. Despite my illnesses, today, by the grace of God, I live a happy and very grateful life. I have been running my company outsourcing4work GmbH for many years, mainly from my bed”.
The friendly man from Gross-Gerau has such a positive influence that his enthusiasm and eagerness can inspire people in a similar situation. And that is exactly his goal: to motivate and empower men and women with disabilities.


Diverse future plans

With his example, Khalid Nadeem Arif does not only want to encourage ill and disabled people, he also wants to support anyone interested in discovering the possibilities of remote work for themselves. In addition, the enthusiastic man wants to continue growing internationally with his 100% remote company and to create 1,000 new jobs in Pakistan in the next five years – primarily as remote jobs, of course. “One of the positive aspects of my illnesses is that they have made me an expert in remote work,” explains Khalid Nadeem Arif with a smile and is already thinking about his next big project: from his bed in Germany, he wants to make an economically underdeveloped city in Pakistan into an IT hub for remote work.


An introduction to the company

In a company-internal memo, Arif explains to every new employee how he runs the company despite massive health restrictions, how the cooperation with employees works, and what other work opportunities exist at outsourcing4work. Khalid Nadeem Arif and his team from outsourcing4work are also informing people outside the company about the various possibilities of remote work. The company organizes a variety of events [https://www.outsourcing4work.de/events/] and on December 10th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. a webinar entitled “Remote work – this is how people with disabilities can benefit” took place.


The life of Khalid Nadeem Arif

Past

  • Born 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Started martial arts at the age of 8 and studied it for 20 years
  • Immigrated to Sweden when he was 15.
  • Came to Germany at the age of 16 and has lived in Germany ever since. Is a grateful owner of German citizenship.
  • Became an entrepreneur at the age of 24.
  • At 38, developed CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). Also suffers from Chronic Pain Syndrome and Severe Sleep Apnea Syndrome. Is severely disabled (GdB 80) and has a disability level 2.

Present (2020)

“Today I can often not go out of my house for months and lie in bed most of the time. As soon as my health allows it, I start to work until I have to recover again in a very quiet and dark room. As soon as my health allows it again, I’ll start working…

Despite my illnesses, today, by the grace of God, I live a happy and very grateful life. I have been running my company outsourcing4work GmbH for many years, mainly from my bed. outsourcing4work is an IT and personnel services company with more than 100 employees who live in 17 countries and work remotely.

Because I could no longer drive to the office due to the severity of my illnesses and was forced to work from home, I converted my entire company into a 100% remote company almost 10 years ago.”

Future planning

  • With my example, I would like to encourage ill and disabled people not to give up and to support them in using the possibilities of remote work for themselves.
  • I want to continue to grow internationally with my 100% remote company.
  • I want to create 1,000 new jobs in Pakistan in the next 5 years. Primarily remote jobs are to be created. One of the positive effects of my illnesses is that it has made me an expert in remote work.
  • From my bed in Germany, I plan to make an economically underdeveloped city in Pakistan into an IT hub for remote work. Detailed information on why I started the 1000Jobs4Rabwah project in Pakistan and what my plan is can be found at https://1000jobs4rabwah.com