It is possible to burnout while working from home - perhaps even more than when working from a traditional office! Take note of these 3 tips to reduce burnout while you WFH!
Maintain physical and boundaries
Putting on your work clothes, commuting from home to work—these are physical and social indicators that something has changed. You’ve transitioned from “home you” to “work you.” Try to maintain these boundaries when working remotely. Put on your work clothes every morning. Consider replacing your morning commute with a walk to a nearby park, or even just around your apartment, before sitting down to work.
Maintain temporal boundaries as much as possible
Maintaining temporal boundaries is critical for well-being and work engagement. Creating clear temporal boundaries often depends on the ability to coordinate ones’ time with others. This calls for leaders to aid employees in structuring, coordinating, and managing the pace of work. This might mean regularly holding virtual check-in virtual meetings with employees, or providing them with tools to create virtual coffee or workspaces. Through this disruption, keeping a sense of normality is key.
Focus on your most important work
This is not the time for busywork. Workers should be devoting their energy to top-priority issues. Working all the time, even on your most important tasks, isn’t the answer. Employees who feel “on” all the time are at a higher risk of burnout when working from home than if they were going to the office as usual. In the long-term, trying to squeeze in work and email responses whenever we have a few minutes to do so —during nap time, on the weekend, or by pausing a movie in the evening—is not only counterproductive but also detrimental to our well-being. We all need to find new ways—and help others do the same—to carve out non-work time and mental space.