How to sense anxiety in remote workers

It’s hard to see when your people are having anxiety or difficulties when they are remote. The issues can suddenly arise from nowhere, but really hints may have been on display…. I check for signs of anxiety in my team remotely:

  • cancelling meetings at the last minute
  • not turning up at short notice
  • not participating, just staying quiet
  • being unprepared for meetings
  • unable to reach team members by phone etc
  • not paying attention to the detail at work
  • missing deadlines, not communicating up front
  • deviations from their regular baseline and actions
  • lacking accountability on tasks

Just a few early warning signs someone may need help that come to mind. Anyone have more ways of seeing if remote workers are struggling?

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