Hello and welcome to the new edition of the Mental Healthy newsletter from Pilotfish.
The focus of this newsletter is to help make remote work work. It's also feeding a greater mission to break the taboo of mental health in the workplace.
In this weeks issue, we have some good stuff for you, including:
- Why the 9 to 5 is Barbaric
- The habits of exceptionally successful remote workers
- Why men are struggling with work related mental health issues
- How to maintain unity when working remotely
- The benefits of remote working
That, plus more informative resources for making remote work work for you.
The 9 to 5 is somewhat antiquated in today's working culture. But in remote working, where the very best work is produced when and where you work best, being strangled by constraints such as the traditional work day can be detrimental to your creative output. Douglas Coupland - author of Generation X - warns that the work routine as we know it is coming to an end: ‘There will be no more weekends.’
Working remotely has many benefits, but it doesn't come without a range of challenges which must be overcome if you're to profit from having the freedom to work from wherever you want. This article from back in 2015, goes into great detail on seven areas you must focus on if you're to be successful when working remotely.
It's the invisible ailment, the injury with no external signs. We've seen Olark CEO allow all employees time off for mental health reasons, but it's not happening nearly enough. Research released by Mind this week shows that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work.This study of 15,000 men only adds to the ever growing reason for greater support over mental health in the workplace.
Ten remote companies dish out their best tips for creating unity within a fully distributed workforce. If you're struggling to work remotely, have only just started or are looking to expand your remote team, then get stuck in and devour this Forbes article as if your life depended on it.
For me, working remotely is fantastic. The ability to plan each workday on my own time, go out for a bike ride in the afternoon if I'm feeling a little groggy, and even at times take the morning off to go for breakfast with a couple of friends. Today, more than four million people work solely from home in the UK alone, and that number is increasing significantly. Maybe it's not for you, but before you jump to conclusions, why not check out these ten benefits of working remotely.
This is the exact reason Pilotfish exists. To support remote workers across the planet by helping them understand the importance of positive mental health. Sometimes freelancing can be a lonely adventure until you realise a few things: that you're not alone in feeling that way; that support is available on social media if you engage in positive discussions, and a habitual routine is essential and fairly easy to stick to
Jenni Miller writes about her own experience with freelancing and mental health. Dealing with invoicing and reporting alongside nursing your mental health can quickly become overwhelming. She opens up about her struggles and in doing so explains six important tips for how you can improve your mental health while working alone.
Ever dream of setting off on a 12-month adventure with 70 other freelancers, entrepreneurs and remote employees? Well, with RemoteYear you can do exactly that. They also have a pretty decent blog too. This article - written by a former RemoteYear alum - about how being part of a like minded community has been transformational on her life. Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.