With people working from home now more than ever, it is becoming tough for many workers to adjust long-term. Many businesses that have transitioned to remote working environments have stated that many employees have been feeling burnt out much more frequently.
The team at 118Group has been working remotely for quite some time now and wanted to share our top 5 tips to avoid this burnout in the workplace:
It becomes easy to bring the workplace “home” so to speak. Those who have become new to this remote work have found it hard to stop their workday as their work laptops are always right there. It is crucial to set a boundary and balance between work and life. Set a schedule, log off after a certain time with notifications turned off, and allow yourself to be present with your friends or family without the work distraction.
Exercising is part of your self-care regime that can aid in mental health. Throughout your work day, look for reasons to stand up and move. Walk around while you are on the phone or take five minutes every hour to get up and walk around your house. After work or during your lunch break, take a walk around the block and get some fresh air. Walking has been shown to improve mood, stimulate creativity and improve the brain’s cognitive function making it an all-around win for your health and productivity.
When things begin to get overwhelming, take a day off before it becomes too much for you to handle. It’s just as important to take a day off and separate from work, even if you work from home. To create that separation and be present, don’t touch your laptop and turn off email notifications. That one day off can help recharge your “battery” and improve your mental state when you return to work mode.
In an ideal world, remote employees would have a dedicated office, but not everyone has a separate office in their home. Dedicate one area, corner or desk and avoid jumping around your home. Your workspace doesn’t have to be its own room—but it should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible. Entering your workspace will help you turn “on” at the beginning of the day turn “off” at the end of the day.
Your colleagues are likely in the same boat as you are when it comes to working from home and the transition isn't always smooth. If you have been feeling more exhausted than usual and overwhelmed, the key is to communicate, especially with your manager and direct reports. Just because you're not in the same building as them, doesn't mean you can't reach out to the same people you would usually turn to for help. For the times that email is not the most effective means of communication, try using video chat. This can cut down on miscommunication and help with the feeling of isolation that can come from working from home.