While there is a glimmer of hope in the new year, it is likely we will still be working within the confines of our homes for several more months.
Because of this, leaders need to make it a priority to support their employees who may be experiencing burnout.
Burnout impacts workers’ productivity, anxiety and stress levels, as well as their overall mental health. This has greatly impacted women in particular, who have disproportionately been pushed out of the workforce over the last several months.
People of color, primarily Black and Latinx workers, have been found to be more concerned about their employment compared to their white counterparts. It makes sense too — people of color are historically at higher risk of losing their jobs due to working in industries with higher layoffs, as well racial bias.
So how can business leaders instill trust into employees who are anxious and on the brink of burnout? For starters, creating an inclusive and nurturing remote work environment will be essential.
Research has indicated that minorities are less likely to share personal information about themselves at work. Additionally, Black women are more likely to experience invisibility in the workplace.
That is why it is up to leaders to reach out and let employees know that their experiences matter, and that their issues are being heard and addressed.
Additionally, relying on strictly remote arrangements can actually hinder productivity. Leaders should offer more flexibility in terms of scheduling or even a safe office alternative outside of their homes.