There is currently no profession that is not affected by the risk of burnout. Burnout was officially recognized by the World Health Organization as a disease of civilization in 2019. Moreover, it can be exacerbated when we combine our professional and personal lives in one place. The awareness that this is a real problem is taking place within the human resources, managers and employees concerned…
Burnout is strongly associated with the presence of job stress and adjustment problems. This results in increased emotional exhaustion and, furthermore, in a reduced sense of efficacy. Burnout does not appear overnight, but it develops by giving certain signals to which we must react. Moreover, it often affects people who were initially among the most engaged employees.
Emotional exhaustion is manifested by feelings of depression and helplessness and difficulty controlling emotions. People with burnout feel disappointed and lack the will to act. Due to the increasing prevalence of telecommuting, burnout is becoming more and more prevalent and unfortunately affects younger and younger workers who are only at the beginning of their professional career.
Then there are problems of interpersonal contacts. Professionally exhausted people withdraw from others and also seem to withdraw from what was important to them professionally. All this therefore leads the employee to feel incompetent and to become less effective in the tasks he performs.
With the right support from managers who have daily contact with employees, it is possible to spot behaviors that could lead to burnout in time. It is also possible to help the employee cope with the situation with the support of a psychologist.
But what if you work remotely? As in the case of digital marketers, for example. Without daily contact with employees, HR managers and managers struggle to identify the signs of burnout. This can lead to an inability to react appropriately in time.
Burnout and telecommuting
Recently, the problem of burnout has become even more alarming. The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to this. Many people who work remotely may find it difficult to balance their private and professional life.
As research on burnout shows, people who work remotely are at increased risk of declining engagement due to organizational challenges. If you work remotely, you do not have the opportunity to have constant contact with others and you do not experience the culture or values of the company.
Since working from home can increase the risk of behaviors that aggravate the problem of burnout and it is difficult to react in a timely manner, it is very advisable to ensure that employees can also receive appropriate support to distance.
It is important to raise awareness of what burnout is. Not all employees will be able to spot the symptoms and recognize the type of problem they are facing. This is where webinars can help, guiding the employee on the right steps to take and the type of support they should seek. The availability of a psychologist will be necessary to help the employee deal with burnout, even with its first symptoms such as mood swings or constant fatigue.
Can professional burnout be avoided?
Although researchers fear that the symptoms of burnout may affect up to two-thirds of people working remotely, it is possible to prevent them.
Here are our 4 techniques:
Build a strong community and dynamic contacts. Social interaction is essential, even for introverted people. For this you need a circle of people you trust. It is essential that you stay in touch with those who are important to you. A virtual coffee or an exchange of messages with a work colleague? Why not ! If you are a freelancer, search the web for forums and groups that bring together people in a profession similar to yours.
Take more frequent breaks. You can use a time management technique devised by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. What is it? The goal is to stay 100% focused on a single task for 25 minutes. After each session, take a 5 minute break. Also, schedule some time just for yourself on the weekends. Take a bath or indulge in an interesting book. Cultivate the art of dolce far niente. Treat rest as a commitment to yourself by making it part of your schedule.
Divide the responsibilities among your family members. Too much responsibility can overwhelm anyone. A pile of dirty dishes in the sink, clothes to be ironed and a host of other responsibilities… And you quickly realize that you no longer know where to turn. A good solution is to decide who can take care of what and to establish a weekly schedule.
Make sure that the work space is located in a different corner from the relaxation space. When your desk is a corner of the kitchen or living room and you’re often distracted by family members, getting work done is nearly impossible. Try to separate these two worlds. Introduce small rituals into your life as well. Start your day with a coffee and a short read. At the end of the day, symbolically tidy up your desk and turn off your computer.
Whether you work from home or in the office, don’t forget to communicate with your team. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, or let your manager know that you can’t cope with something and need support. If entrepreneurs know the factors that intensify the difficulties that can affect burnout in their employees, they will be more inclined to help them on time, including those who work online.
About the Author
Margot Vrobbel had the opportunity to work in the world of Human Resources. As a writer and translator, she shares her tips for creating quality CVs and cover letters on ResumeLab. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, find all his tips to discover and learn the secrets of a successful application.