How to Avoid Burnout in The Age of Remote Work?

July 23, 2020

From significant cost savings to increased employee engagement and productivity, working remotely, this new normal of employment, is definitely becoming a growing business necessity. However, for some employees, the ease of working from anywhere and anytime can backfire leading to stress and burnout. According to Monster’s “State of Candidate” survey, nearly half of the telecommuting respondents stated that they are experiencing burnout. Additionally, 52% of those polled claimed that they do not have plans to take vacation or time off.

Remote employees have different challenges than in-office workers. Some might not be able to strike the right balance between their personal and professional lives, while some might find themselves working longer hours to demonstrate their commitment towards work. This can be difficult for working parents who may now have to take on the role of full-time tutor as schools continue to remain shut.

Remote work is here to stay and as more companies embrace this new work culture, we must find ways to overcome its challenges. Here are few suggestions that can help workers reduce their chances of burnout while working from home:

1. Follow A Routine: – Maintain normal work hours to get yourself into the work mode. Disconnect when your day is over. Set work from home expectations with your managers and colleagues so they are aware about your schedule and stick to those boundaries. As a working parent, if you are home schooling, ensure to inform your team about your situation and commit to tasks that are realistically achievable.

2. Stick to Your Goals: – The feeling of not being able to meet expectations or not being able to accomplish certain tasks can cause people stress and increase their anxiety levels. This remains true even in the case of remote work. Coordinate with your manager and clearly define your priorities and tasks. Prepare a new agenda every day and ensure to check tasks once completed. Be aware of the resources available to you and prioritize tasks based on deadlines and urgency. If you are running behind on a certain project, communicate the concerns to your manager and collectively work on finding a solution.


3. Stay Connected: – One of the main concerns with remote work is how can companies translate their culture in a virtual setting? How can employees feel less disconnected? A great way of integrating workplace culture remotely is by regularly hosting virtual team-based activities and coffee breaks. This provides quality face time, sense of connection and boosts collaboration. Technology has made remote work convenient for all. Video conferencing tools are a great way to feel united with your colleagues.

4. Read, Re-engage & Rejuvenate: – Use your time wisely to engage in stress busting activities. This could include meditation, yoga, exercising or even reading. Devote your non-working hours towards friends and family. Spend less time on technology after work and try to resist the urge to always be available.

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