For years, headlines about work flexibility have touted the idea of offering more options for employees to work remotely. Then COVID hit, and almost everyone who was able to work remotely was thrust into it—ready or not.
For some, this meant more flexibility, saved commuting costs, improved productivity, and more. But for others, the picture has been less rosy.
What Causes Burnout?
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons remote employees may be at high risk for burnout, especially now.
- It may be tougher to separate work life from home life while working at home, often leading to employees’ working longer hours.
- When work is staring at you inside the house, it can be more difficult to mentally switch off from it after the workday ends.
- A lack of commuting time may mean employees are actually working more hours.
- Being away from coworkers may mean less socialization, which means employees might have fewer ways to recharge during the workday.
- During COVID in particular, taking vacation time is an entirely different scenario. With fewer travel options and more reasons to avoid being around crowded places, many are opting to skip their vacation days.
- Fewer interactions with teammates may result in coworkers’ missing the signals that an employee is struggling, leaving problems unaddressed for much longer.
- Managers also see their team less often, making it less likely they’ll realize when there are problems….
Source: HR Daily Advisor