2. Turn off email and work notifications after work hours.
Turning off your email when you’re not “at work” is important—you shouldn’t be available all the time. Let your teammates and manager know when they can expect you. Let people know your general schedule and when you’re “off the clock,” so they aren’t left wondering.
3. Encourage more personal activities by scheduling them.
Most people struggle with the “work” part of work-life balance. Schedule personal activities and have several go-to hobbies that you enjoy so you’ll have something specific to do with your personal time. If you don’t have anything planned, like a hike after work or a puzzle project, you may find it easier to slip back to work unnecessarily.
4. Ask for flexible scheduling.
Ask your boss for flexible scheduling so you can better control your days and balance both your personal and professional responsibilities.
5. Focus on work during your work time.
Don’t let “life” things creep into your work hours too much. If you’re productive and efficient throughout the day, at the end of the day, it will be easier to walk away feeling accomplished and not be tempted to work into the night to finish what should have been completed during the day.
6. Take a mental health screen.
If your stress feels unmanageable, or you have other mental health concerns, take a free, confidential, and anonymous mental health screen. Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Recommendations for Company Leaders
In Flexjob’s study, only 21 percent said they were able to have open, productive conversations with HR about solutions to their burnout. And 56 percent went so far as to say that their HR departments did not encourage conversations about burnout.
“One of the most important things remote workers can do is to set clear boundaries between their work time and non-work time, and HR needs to take an active role in helping workers practice healthy boundaries between their professional and personal lives,” said Carol Cochran, VP of People and Culture at FlexJobs.
“Offering flexible scheduling to employees can have a dramatic impact on reducing burnout, since rigid work schedules usually magnify conflict between work and family, leading workers to mental exhaustion. Most importantly, leaders should strive to create a healthy company culture that values the individual as a person, and prioritizes the overall wellness of its workers,” Cochran advised.
This sentiment was echoed by Paul Gionfriddo, President, and CEO at MHA: “Company leadership, including executives, HR, and management, have a responsibility to their employees to model and talk openly about behaviors that reduce stress, prevent burnout, and help employees establish the appropriate boundaries when working remotely,” Gionfriddo said.
“Offering flexibility during the workday, encouraging employees to use their PTO when they need a vacation, and providing time off for employees to tend to their mental health can help employees at all levels of a company cope with COVID-19 and other stressors.”
Written By Bryan E. Robinson Originally Appeared In Psychology Today
Yes, work is important, and having a steady, stable career is also important, but never at the cost of your mental health. Remote worker burnout is a serious thing that should be taken seriously, otherwise, your mental health will end up being decimated. By all means, take your work seriously, but give yourself a break at times, and focus on your mental health and peace of mind.