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Employee Burnout: Who is Most At Risk?

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December 9, 2021 | by Jesse Robertson

In today’s world, it can seem as if there is no off-switch anymore in terms of stepping away from work. Employees have been working harder and logging longer hours since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the concept of working from home has become part of the new normal.

Once considered a temporary situation meant to keep workers safe during the height of the pandemic, remote work is now a long-term reality for a majority of workers. As companies allow their employees to work a hybrid or remote-first work model, the number of workers who prefer a full-time remote arrangement has increased.

The Cost of Our New Normal

There can be benefits with a 100% remote position, such as reduced commute times, spending more time with family, and reducing exposure to disease and illness. But there are also drawbacks. Rates of employee burnout have risen significantly and a Gallup study found that remote workers can experience burnout at higher levels than on-site employees.

The Gallup analysis also found that while remote workers are often more engaged, they are more likely to take on emotional trauma. Employees may have a hard time transitioning from work to home time. Parents managing children can feel like they aren’t doing either job at full capacity.

Workers who are not married or live alone may face stronger feelings of loneliness and isolation. A lack of connection to their co-workers and workplace fostered by remote work can lead some workers to feel as if they aren’t involved in the company or don’t have much insight or control into their professional future.

A recent study by McKinsey & Company found that lack of communication about a company’s vision both post-pandemic and in the future in general has caused employees to feel increased anxiety, which can lead to increased burnout.

Being away from the office and your peers can increase already bubbling feelings of being left out or alienated from the rest of the company, especially if you have a full-time remote position. Those who supervise remote workers should take care to check in frequently to monitor for even small signs of burnout and be sure to provide those employees with an equal amount of access to professional development opportunities.

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