Mental health strategies: Create boundaries

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Create clear boundaries between work and personal time in remote settings.

Being flexible about employees’ schedules in the new environment–and encouraging them to take time for themselves and their families–is an important strategy, says LogMeIn’s Deal. “We have encouraged people to step away from their desks and take a walk or a break, carve out time for children during the day, get work done at odd hours, basically whatever works to help people survive,” she says. “While home is work and work is home, it is especially important to help employees set boundaries and provide advice on how to switch off when the work day is done to allow a proper separation mentally, even if physically you are still ‘in the office.’ Flexibility and empathy are so critical right now, and speaking openly about mental health and the challenges many of us are facing also creates a safe space for people to come forward and ask for help.”

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.