How to avoid burnout of remote workers? Start asking the right questions
More and more remote workers experience and signal a lack of motivation and fatigue. Over two-thirds or 69% of employees are experiencing burn-out symptoms while working from home, according to Monster. Remote workers are not taking enough time to recharge.
Working remotely requires a lot of flexibility from an employee. On top of that, it requires much more coordination with colleagues.
Employees have the feeling that the "real" work only starts in the evening. During the day, they move from one conference call to another. There is often no time to get the work done during the day.
Working together remotely requires a different rhythm than working as we know it from the office.
You can't just keep working in the same way.
Because we cannot walk from one office to another to meet each other or discuss issues, we have set up a whole range of communication and collaboration tools.
There is communication through a variety of communication channels (WhatsApp, Teams Channels, Slack) and it takes most of our time during the day to keep up with the messages. The unrelenting flow of communication is the thread that runs through our working day.
But what effect does this flow of communication have on us as human beings?
Do we have to respond immediately to every text message, phone call or do we have to accept every meeting request?
People are looking for autonomy, for a way to deal with this imposed work rhythm from a distance
Think about this for yourself?
Have you already adjusted your work rhythm?
You can determine where or when you work.
But this flexibility often comes with a price.
You can avoid running behind the facts by consciously reflecting on your day and your achieved work-life balance.
If you reflect daily, you could respond proactively.
"How do I perceive the workload?"
What can I do to improve my own work-life- balance?
Start asking yourself this question and adapt your work rhythm to your own needs.
If you take small steps and change some habits or work routines- you will experience the effect and reap the benefits of the small efforts.
A burn-out is an energy disorder. Chronic overburdening makes you physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted and unable to function normally at work or home. You have very low self-esteem. You doubt your abilities and you are no longer yourself.
Imagine having a glass of water. Someone asks you to hold this glass for you with your arm stretched out. Fine: you can easily lift the glass for ten seconds. Now this person asks you to hold this glass for a minute. This is still possible, but your arm is starting to get a little heavier. Then you are asked to hold this glass for five minutes. Your arm starts cramping and sinking. Now the question is whether you want to hold this glass for a day. Impossible, right?
This is exactly what happens with stressful thoughts and having a chronically high workload. The longer you hold them, the heavier you make it for yourself. It's okay to have a stressful thought or period now and then. But be conscious of the fact that it is no use holding the glass endlessly!
Regularly think about how you feel. Many people go on and on, without taking the time to listen to their bodies or thoughts. Awareness is always the first step towards improvement. Ask yourself the question:
"How do I feel today?"
Because awareness at individual and team level is an important first step in changing habits, we offer the possibility to monitor this on a daily basis, using Umango.
Feel free to contact us or comment on the blog.