How to Prevent Employee Burnout While Working Remotely

tired employee, burnout

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Turn off email and work notifications after work. Let team members know your general schedule. 
  4. 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.
  5. Ask your boss for flexible scheduling. It will help you control your days better and balance both your personal and professional responsibilities. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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!

Posted on February 9, 2021. Categorized as .

Why is Career Start Different?

We successfully partner with businesses, job candidates, and community agencies to become a leading community resource for flexible workforce management.

Related Posts

Three surgical nurses wearing blue face masks and gowns.

The Looming Nursing Shortage in the US

March 31, 2021

With nearly 4 million registered nurses (RNs) practicing across the United States, nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession. Even though this may sound like a lot, there is a severe nursing shortage looming in this country.

Female employee working on a laptop preparing for job interview.

Upcoming Job Interview? Research, Ask Questions

March 4, 2021

When is it time to say adios to your current job? Being a staffing agency, we see people switch jobs at the drop of a hat because of things like budget constraints, lack of individual growth, misunderstood job tasks, etc. By researching the job or company from the start, maybe red flags would’ve gone up and many individuals would’ve realized that it wasn’t a good fit.

Hands of many people high-fiving.

Probing the Mind of a Successful Female CEO Part II

February 16, 2021

Welcome back to the second in a three-part series delving into the mind of Lindsay McCutchen, our Founder and CEO. If you missed Part I, start there to read more about Lindsay’s take on culture in the workplace. Here, we will be sharing her views on leadership training, commitment and recognition.

Accessibility Policy