If you’re working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling burnt out, you’re not alone. Many folks are feeling the building pressure of this on-going experience eat away at the peace. According to a survey by Monster, an online employment platform, 69% of remote employees are experiencing burnout.
What is Burnout?
According to the World Health Organization, you may be experiencing burnout if you are feeling any of the follow:
- Increased exhaustion or energy depletion
- Decreased Engagement
- Increased feelings of job-related negativity or cynicism
- Reduced productivity or efficacy
Preventing Work-from-home Burnout
There’s good news- there are strategies you can use to reduce your overall stress and risk of burnout while you’re working from home:
- Create a schedule – Set a schedule that works for you and your family if they’re home too, only working the hours you normally would if you were in the office.
- Plan and prioritize – When you’re feeling stressed out, don’t panic. Make a list of the tasks you need to complete and set realistic deadlines.
- Focus on what you can control – Stressing out about the pandemic, the news, and your household mental load can add to your workplace stress. Take a deep breath and focus on the tasks you can control.
- Use available mental health resources – Many employers have expanded their mental health resources, including employee assistance plans, telemental health coverage, and discounted or free virtual counseling to help employees cope with the stresses of pandemic life.
- Ask for help – Sometimes the best way to overcome your workplace stress is to ask your peers or
superiors for help.
What to Do if You’re Experiencing Burnout
If you feel like you’re burned out, remember that you’re not alone. At home, reach out to your support network and at work talk to your supervisor or manager about how you’re feeling and ask about workplace resources that may be available.