Suggestions from Career Start, Your Staffing Agency
With the pandemic still raging, more and more employees are working remotely. This solution is what’s keeping many companies afloat. Staffing agencies are hearing this more and more. This is great news for the company, but what about their employees? Studies have shown that a huge portion of the remote workforce is suffering from both mental and physical health issues along with employee burnout, and it’s on the rise!
Here are some statistics that support these findings:
- 75% of people reported feeling burnout. 40% saying they’ve experienced it specifically during the pandemic.
- Employees are more than 3 times as likely to report poor mental health now vs. before the pandemic (5% vs. 18%).
- 42% say their stress levels are currently at a high to very high level.
- 67% of those working remotely feel pressured to be available at all hours of the day.
- 63% agree that time off is usually discouraged.
- 60% feared that even though they felt totally stressed out, their job would be in jeopardy if they didn’t work overtime.
These are staggering statistics folks! We certainly don’t need added stress these days.
Here are 7 tips for healthier remote work environments and to reduce stress & employee burnout:
- Develop boundaries. One of the most difficult things about working remotely is that you’re never really away from your work physically. Have a dedicated workspace within your home.
- Put your laptop away when you’re done. Start and end your work day with a ritual that tells your brain it’s time for a change.
- Turn off email and work notifications after work. Let team members know your general schedule.
- Most people struggle with letting go of the “work” part of work-life balance. Be sure to enjoy personal time. If you don’t, you may find it easier to slip back into work mode.
- Ask your boss for flexible scheduling. It will help you control your days better and balance both your personal and professional responsibilities.
- Focus on work during work time. If you’re productive and efficient throughout the day, at the end of the day it will be easier to walk away feeling accomplished.
- If your stress feels unmanageable or you have other mental health concerns, take a free and anonymous mental health screening here. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you’re actually experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. For more information on preventing burnout, check out HelpGuide’s website.
- See if your company has an employee assistance program. There you can talk to someone about personal issues.
The tips above are just a starting point and we recommend employees take these seriously to help with both their physical and mental well being and to reduce burnout at work. As your staffing agency, we’re always here to help!