Microsoft’s Work Trend Index report finds that the pandemic has led to increased burnout, more workplace stressors, decreased communication and more.
In fact, the study found that one-third of respondents said their lack of commuting was hurting their boundaries between work and home life.
That is why it is vital for business leaders to help employees during these challenging times. Although many remote workers have likely adjusted to their new style of working, encouraging them to establish healthy boundaries and closing the “empathy gap” can allow them to be more satisfied in their positions.
“Closing the empathy gap requires an understanding of what’s happening behind the Zoom camera, terse slack message or emotionless email,” said Paul Rubenstein, chief people officer at Vancouver-based workplace analytics platform Visier.
One of the more impactful methods a company can make to prevent burnout is to improve communication lines with their employees. This includes daily check-ins and clearly expressing to workers that they have a clear line of communication with their colleagues and managers.
More than ever before, leaders need to invest in remote work culture and nurture social interaction in order for employees to alleviate isolation and avoid burnout.
Lastly, the most important strategy for employers to have moving forward is simply supporting their workers. Everyone has experienced life-altering circumstances over the last several months that has likely had a negative impact on their mental health.