As the pandemic drags on, many remote workers are reporting feeling drained. Here’s what some employers—and employees—are doing to feel better.
When quarantines and stay-at-home orders swept across the country in March, many workers thought they’d be back in the office in a few weeks—a couple of months, tops. But as COVID-19 continued to surge and spike in areas that tried to get back to business as usual, employers revisited their policies, and some made the call to continue virtual work into 2021.
On the plus side, workers could at least make plans to upgrade their home office or move to a different location entirely. On the other, many workers are logging extra hours, juggling additional care-taking responsibilities, and the stress of a global pandemic and a recession—all of which puts them at risk for burnout.
“Working from an office often helps create built-in boundaries around the day, designating work time and non-work time such as morning commutes and lunch breaks,” says Lauren Whitt, Google’s well-being and resilience lead. Now that many of us are working from home, Whitt says we’re facing decision fatigue around when the workday will begin and end.
“Unexpected disruptions at home can also contribute to depleting our mental energy,” she adds.A FlexJobs and Mental Health survey of more than 1,500 respondents revealed that three-quarters of them said they experienced burnout at work. The survey also found that 40% of those polled say they experienced burnout specifically since the pandemic, and 37% reported working longer hours.READ MORE