How to overcome Work-From-Home Burnout?
The pandemic has shifted our way of work. There are many companies that have been working remotely for more than one year now. Their employees have moved their working life from the office to their homes, and as with all the changes in our daily routine. What challenges have been raised from this situation? What are the consequences of working remotely? Are both companies and employees being affected?
How are management strategies being challenged?
There is a common trend that has been seen in many companies regarding the focus of the management team. Many managers have been worrying for more than a year about whether their team’s productivity or efficiency has declined due to the remote situation. They have been applying more pressure to the workforce to maintain the same performance there was before. However, is performance dropping? Is that the problem they should be worrying about?
Well, it is definitely not. According to Forbes, remote workers are actually working longer hours and being more productive than before. In fact, what managers should be worrying about is the overperformance of their team because at the end it is what will have a higher impact in their business results. This implies higher employees’ burnout that leads to higher turnover cost.
Main causes of WFH burnout:
- More working hours → A study of Mental Health America (MHA) study, states how 75% of remote workers have experienced burnout at work. This can be partially due to the fact that 37% of employees are working more hours now being at home than when they were at the office with their superiors nearby.
- Lack of supportive environment → There is a lack of support that can lead to loneliness. When working remotely, there may be unclear communication from the management team and employees can end up missing this support.
- Need to combine work with home responsibilities → Employees may have had to learn a new way of working while doing some childcare duties and carrying out their household responsibilities.
- Inability to disconnect → Before the Covid-19 outbreak, some employees already had issues defining the borders between work and personal time, and now these borders are even more blurred. The fact that your workspace has become your home, can make you constantly think about work and keep answering work-related calls and messages after work hours.
Top strategies to prevent WFH Burnout:
There are plenty of studies and researches that have proven the dangerous reality of burnout when working remotely. So, what else does it need to happen for us to start following some preventive measures? Come on, let's take a look to the following strategies to prevent Work-From-Home burnout:
- Promote a good communication and connection between your people → When working remotely, we have to adapt to the new ways of communication. Make sure your team is having both constructive and productive conversations work-related and also some social communication.
- Give leadership support → Try to understand the current situation of your employees while working remotely. It is important they feel supported and understood by their superior.
- Recommend your team to set up office hours → As we have previously mentioned, people are working more hours than what they used to. A tip would be to turn off work notifications and email after work hours, that way employees disconnect and rest.
- Promote a culture of wellness → Humans learn from the people around them. Do you want to promote a culture of wellness? Show your team how you live a healthy lifestyle and make sure the work environment you promote reflects the culture of wellness as well. Some companies are starting to deliver well-being programs and we recommend leaders to also attend these well-being programs jointly with their team.
It is time for leaders to focus on their companies' main asset: THEIR PEOPLE!
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