Burnout when working from home is a part of our reality and can have a negative impact on a worker’s health as they are suddenly forced to juggle multiple responsibilities, from work to homeschooling children.
“With the suddenness and degree of the shift to remote work, the loss of childcare, and all of the worries that accompany the pandemic and its economic fallout, all of the things that typically cause burnout are intensified, which means the risk of burnout is intensified,” said Vanessa K. Bohns, associate professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University.
In order to combat burnout when remote working, the first important step is to establish clear boundaries that include a start and stop time for working hours, as well as a physical workspace that is made for working and nothing else. Also allow yourself breaks throughout the day outside of your workspace, just as you would if you were working in an office.
Trying to be the “ideal worker” can hinder your performance in the long run if you do not set boundaries with your colleagues as well. If you never turn down a project, you face taking on too much responsibility that could lead to burnout. Now is the time to discuss expectations with your boss, and your boss to be more flexible and understanding.
Remote working can often lead to feeling lonely and isolated, so make use of communication tools and foster relationships with your coworkers, friends and family. Managers should also make an extra effort to stay in touch with their team members about projects, as well as on a personal level.