Work life can be difficult if employers are not mindful of their team’s working conditions. It can be even more difficult for those that work remote because of misaligned expectations and communication difficulties. According to Flexjobs, 3.4% of the population in 2020 are working off-site and over the last decade, remote work grew 91%. With the increase in remote work, it is more important than ever to understand how that impacts employee burnout.
Why do Remote Employees Burnout?
Remote employees burnout because of unrealistic expectations that differ from working in the office, leading them to constantly be in “work mode”. Teleworking causes pressure to work eight hours without breaks to avoid anyone assuming you are not working. This can create stressful situations for your employees, which can impact their productivity and quality of work.
Steps to Help Your Team Avoid Employee Burnout
While it can happen in any company, stress caused by working from home can increase its likelihood. However, employers can put a plan in place to address the sources of tension.
Here are a few steps employers can take to mitigate burnout.
Understand Employee Circumstances
The difference between working in the office and from home can be prominent and adjusting from one to the other can create a few obstacles for your team.
Telecommuting can be distracting with external factors, such as family or roommates, now entering the workspace. While these factors may not cause interruptions every day, work will occasionally be affected. This is where it is important for employers to understand and empathize with the circumstances their employees are working under.
One way to optimize your employees’ time is by offering them flexibility in their schedules. Nine to five workdays can be difficult for some to achieve when working off-site. By allowing your team to be more flexible with their schedules, they will be able to adjust their working hours to suit their needs. This, in turn, will increase productivity while keeping everyone content.
Encourage Work Life Balance
Telecommuters are more inclined to work through lunch breaks or during the time they would usually spend commuting. Employers should advise them to take breaks and finish work at the appropriate time to ensure a healthy work life balance. Although it may impact the amount of work they do daily, employees’ production levels will remain more consistent over time.
It is possible that some will strive to work extra hours in the hopes of being promoted. If you reward extra hours of work, it will prompt others to do the same. This could result in many of your employees burning out.
Communicate with Your Team
Working off-site can leave some employees feeling disconnected from the company. When working in the office, we take it for granted that general office discussions keep everyone in the know. However, when your team member is remote, communication can get lost and lead to people feeling left out. In some cases, productivity can suffer as they may feel that their work has no impact on the company.
You can ensure everyone is kept in the loop by using methods like team calls and follow-up emails, so they all know exactly what is going on. This avoids time wasted working on a project that has been put on hold.
It is also important that employers know how their teams are feeling. Working in a home setting can become incredibly frustrating because of the external factors that may interrupt their day. Employers should check in to ensure they are supported while working from home.
Be Mindful of Working Conditions
The key to eliminating burnout is to implement guidelines for telecommuting. Ensure your everyone has the flexibility to work while maintaining meeting schedules and deadlines. This will keep your employees’ feeling less burdened, which can increase productivity and employee satisfaction. It is also important to include all team members in conversations, so no one feels isolated from the group. Combined with allowing flexible hours, this will help your employees adjust to working from home and reduce the risk of burnout.
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