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WFM Burnout is Real

WFM Burnout is Real

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Here’s the thing: Workplace burnout doesn’t solely happen when you’re putting in long hours at the office. It’s also a risk when you’re working from home, camped out at your kitchen table in your sweats.In fact, the risk could be even greater given our current situation.

One expert told me the suddenness with which so many of us were forced to start working from home — while also losing our childcare in many cases — combined with a global pandemic that seems to have no end in sight, means the risk of burnout has intensified.

Not great news. We’ve got enough on our plates to worry about.

So here are the signs of burnout and what you can do about it.

Work-life imbalance. When you were going into an office every day there was a clear distinction between your work life and personal time. But now that you don’t have a commute to mark the beginning and end of your day and your office could now be in your kitchen, you can end up working all the time if you’re not careful.

How to fight it: Set your work hours, communicate them with your boss and colleagues and then stick to them. (Yes, there will be times when you will work late, but try to make that the exception, not the rule.) It can also help to create a signal that it’s time for you to switch gears to personal time: Some people change into more comfortable clothes, go outside and hit Wiffle balls, while others go for a run or workout.

Lack of control. Employees who feel that they lack control over their schedules, interactions and time management are at risk of burning out.How to fight it: Create a schedule that designates time for work, family and yourself — and then be sure to stick to it.

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