Even before the uncertain times that everyone now finds themselves in, we’d highlighted coping with workplace burnout as an important focus for organisations.
The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on workplaces across the UK. And the effect of lockdown on people’s mental health is now a major priority for many employers.
With this in mind, it’s even more important for businesses to recognise the risks of workplace burnout and ensure that employees don’t feel overworked.
Hays recruitment group recently posted an excellent blog about what you can do to prevent burnout during lockdown, which highlighted 8 ways to stop becoming overworked.
With the health and wellbeing of employees in mind, we thought we’d add a few of our own suggestions.
If possible, set up a specific space in your home for work.
This should have a desk, a comfortable chair and plenty of natural light.
Check out our own guide to how you can set up a workspace at home.
Be clear what your focus is for the day.
Prioritise the most important jobs and make your line manager and any team members aware of what you and they need to focus on.
By sticking to a daily task list, you can keep things realistic and feel as if you’ve achieved something by the end of the day.
It’s likely that the way you’re working now is changing on an almost daily basis.
For that reason, it’s more important than ever to have the courage to say no when things become unmanageable.
It’s all too easy to be a people pleaser. But if you are prioritising your work within the hours that are available to you, be confident enough to say no before your workload starts to become unrealistic.
It’s important not to eat at your desk in the office. Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean that this should change.
Get away from your desk to have lunch. It’s even better if you can get outside for some fresh air at the same time.
Make sure that your lunch break is an actual break from work. You’ll feel a lot more motivated when you get back to work in the afternoon.
According to NordVPN, there’s evidence that employee’s hours have increased during lockdown.
It’s important to remain consistent. Make sure that you “leave work” when your working hours are over.
Sticking to your regular working hours should mean that you won’t feel tempted to return to your computer.
Unfortunately, smartphones can make it all too easy to check your emails.
Switch off notifications for your work emails after hours. If you don’t, you run the risk of feeling drained and affecting your sleep patterns.
You need to give your brain a rest from “work time”. This could be quality time with your family, a new hobby, cooking a meal or simply having some time alone.
Whatever it involves, some consistent “me time” will tell you that the workday is over.
This is a stressful time, so it’s understandable that you might be feeling more negative than normal.
Try to focus on the positives in your life.
Use one of our relaxation exercises to help you de-stress.
Regular human interaction is really important.
It can be easy to become distanced from your work colleagues while working from home.
Simply calling someone on the phone can help them feel less isolated.
Make sure that you have regular check-ins with your line manager and team members. It not only allows you to keep on top of work activity across the business, but it also means that you can catch up for a chat.
Even if we can’t physically work together in the same way that we used to, video conferencing technology also means that we can interact more easily.
Active working is just as important when the workplace is your home.
Encouraging activity in the workplace is now a priority for most organisations.
This can be difficult when employees aren’t in one place.
It’s vital that people give themselves time to stay active during work hours.
Going for a walk or run before or after work is a great way to do this but the potential ills of sitting for prolonged periods is well known.
Make sure that you break up your day with regular time away from a screen that gives you the chance to stretch your legs.
If you’d like to find out how the team at Fusion can help to support employees and reduce the risk of workplace burnout, contact us today.
Posted by Louise Grieb on
15 June 2020 at 9:00 AM
CoronavirusHealth & WellbeingMental HealthOccupational Health