Today’s employers tend to demand a lot from their employees. Technology makes it easy for workers to stay connected even when they’re supposed to take a break from work. As such, there is really nothing quite like not being available, even in the evenings and on weekends.
It is this attitude that can easily lead to a major case of burnout. And while it’s not a medical diagnosis, burnout is more than just a buzzword. The Mayo Clinic defines it as “a state of physical or emotional exhaustion which also involves a reduced sense of accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” And it sounds pretty serious.
Of course, burnout can take different forms. In some cases, it can mean feeling lazy at work. In other cases, it can mean slacking off at work due to an overwhelming lack of motivation.
Now, you would think that when it comes to burnout, people working in office buildings would be the worst. After all, they’re the ones most likely to have a boss constantly huffing around their necks.
But in fact, in a recent TINYpulse survey, in-person workers suffer the least from burnout.
In fact, 85.65% of teleworkers report having experienced some or a lot of burnout. In contrast, only 80.87% of hybrid workers and 68.91% of in-person workers experienced the same thing.
Meanwhile, a lot of people have been working remotely for 16 months and it continues. If you plan to work remotely for the long haul, you too could be the victim of burnout. Here’s how to prevent this from happening.
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1. Establish a clear work schedule
When doing your work remotely, it can be difficult to formally end your workday, with your desk in your living room. But if you want to avoid burnout, set a work schedule so you know when you’re supposed to do your job and when you’re not. You can even decide to spend a few hours in the evening or on weekends, and that’s fine. The key is to distinguish between work time and leisure time so that you can really enjoy that break.
2. Disable notifications
The sounds and alerts that disturb you all day long can be enough to stress anyone out. If you are working remotely, it is important that you are not connected to your computer and phone all the time. And a good way to make sure you follow this rule is to turn off after-hours and weekends notifications so you don’t get drawn into work.
3. Take breaks
You may feel guilty about stepping away from your desk in the middle of the day to watch TV or do your laundry. After all, working remotely is a privilege, and you don’t want to abuse it. But remember, just like office workers have a break during the day (think lunchtime), so should you. Don’t waste time away from your desk.
Teleworking has many advantages. By not having to go to the office, you can spend less and save your savings. Plus, you can get more flexibility with your overall schedule, like not having to rush to catch the 8:15 am bus or risk being late.
But just because you work from home doesn’t mean burnout can’t affect you. On the contrary, you can even be Following likely to burn out as a teleworker. So do whatever you can to avoid it.