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3. If you encourage on-site employees to take breaks to walk, run, bike, or meditate, make sure the remote staff know it goes for them, too. Office workers need to step away from the computer, and all workers benefit from an exercise break. 4. Does your remote staff attend quarterly meetings? If so, put a fun wellness activity on the agenda. 5. Encourage remote staff to come to the annual health fair and participate in the activities. 6. Provide a call-in option for your wellness committee so off-site employees can be members. 7. Remind all employees to exercise, eat a balanced diet, and sleep at least seven hours each night. A monthly wellness newsletter reaches everyone. Promoting employee well-being is important in all areas. And don’t forget to highlight the employee assistance program. Keep the program well marketed so all employees know what the program offers and how to utilize the benefit. Staying Connected Ultimately building socialization into a telecommuting lifestyle needs support from the employee. These Daily Reminders can help. In addition, encourage your remote workers to get involved in their local community and spend time with people they care about. Remind them social media is no substitute for direct interaction. Studies show that an excess of time spent on social media each day can contribute to a feeling of loneliness. DAILY REMINDERS FOR REMOTE WORKERS DAY 1 Schedule a time to work close to home, but away from home: a local coffee shop, a common area, or a library. Be around people! DAY 2 Put a seminar, conference, office gathering, or in-person meeting on your calendar. Connect with people. DAY 3 Plan a team call rather than a series of one-on-one calls. Video calls or a work chat platform are also great options to stay engaged. DAY 4 Prioritize tasks, limit your work to eight hours in a day when possible, and organize your time so you’re not sitting in front of the computer all day. DAY 5 Take breaks and set an alarm to disconnect from work, drawing the line between work and personal time. Young, Lauren. “How to create connections at work in the age of isolation,” Reuters, April 12, 2019. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-work-remoteworkers/ how-to-create-connections-at-work-in-the-age-of-isolation-idUSKCN1RO13J 1 ABOUT KIM WALKER KIM WALKER, CSP, CWPC, is an Injury Prevention and Worksite Wellness Consultant for A.I.M. Mutual. She joined A.I.M. Mutual in 2017 and has more than 20 years of risk management and health and safety experience. Her role at A.I.M. Mutual is to help policyholders develop and implement safety, regulatory, and best practice risk reduction strategies and programs. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) as well as a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC). Kim holds a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety from Keene State College. She is experienced in servicing a variety of industries including healthcare, human service agencies, manufacturing, educational institutions, restaurants, hotels, and timber harvesting and processing. 31