If you are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling burnt out, you are not alone. According to a survey by Monster, an online employment platform, 69 percent of remote employees are experiencing work-from-home burnout.
What is burnout?
According to the World Health Organization, you may have burnout if you experience:
- Increased exhaustion or energy depletion
- Decreased engagement
- Increased feelings of job-related negativity or cynicism
- Reduced productivity or efficacy
How to prevent work-from-home burnout
Here’s the good news. There are strategies you can use to reduce your overall stress and risk of burnout while you are working from home.
1. Create a schedule
Set a schedule that works for you and your family, if they are home too. Only work the hours you normally would if you were in the office.
2. Plan and prioritize
When you are feeling stressed out, do not panic. Make a list of the tasks you need to complete, and set realistic deadlines.
3. 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.
4. Use available mental health resources
Many employers have expanded their mental health resources, including employee assistance plans (EAPs), telemental health coverage, and discounted or free virtual counseling to help employees cope with the stresses of pandemic life.
5. Ask for help
Sometimes the best way to overcome your workplace stress is to ask your peers or superiors for help.
What can you do if you think you are experiencing work-from-home burnout?
If you feel like you are burned out, remember that you are not alone. Reach out to your supervisor or manager to talk about how you are feeling and ask about workplace resources that may be available.
How to reduce your anxiety during the pandemic
As we all take measures to practice social distancing and isolation to protect our physical health during the coronavirus outbreak, we can also take steps to bolster our mental health. Consider these seven practices for you and your family to help you make it through this health crisis.
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