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Remote Work Anxiety is Real. Here's How to Help Employees Who Have It.

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The increasing popularity of hybrid work models has produced an unexpected consequence: remote work anxiety. Many employees say that working remotely leaves them feeling lonely, stressed out, less motivated and ultimately leads to lower levels of productivity.

A recent survey by InsurTech company Breeze found 47% of remote workers are experiencing remote work anxiety as their coworkers return to the office. This anxiety is caused by many factors — including a fear of missing out, imposter syndrome and plain old burnout.

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Sixty-six percent of remote workers with remote work anxiety said it impacts their overall productivity, while 54% said remote work anxiety makes them feel exhausted, lethargic or have difficulty sleeping. Some of the employees also said they get depression, irritability, sadness and/or panic attacks as a result.

Because 25% of respondents say their remote work anxiety only began once their colleagues started returning to the office, the problem may get bigger as many companies transition to a fully hybrid model moving forward.

These statistics are certainly cause for concern if you’re building a hybrid or fully remote work model. But, there are several steps you can take to reduce remote work anxiety at your company and create a healthier, more productive workplace for your remote team........

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