Various studies show that work-from-home employees are more likely to burn out than on-site colleagues. Burnout is the number one killer of employees in today’s work environment. Even though the working conditions of a work-from-home environment may be more flexible, workaholism is a potential danger. The danger of workaholism arises when a worker works on a project with no real deadline or immediate supervisor to tell him to leave or go home.
Work-from-home burnout does not necessarily mean underperformance. There are ample reasons why an employee may experience work-from-home burnout.
While working from home can be very rewarding, most especially for a Filipino virtual assistant, it is also extremely stressful. Among the most noticeable symptoms of WFH burnout are feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, and overworking. Work does not stop because you are home, and it is not easy to take a break or get enough rest. Feeling rushed to complete everything and constantly checking your phone are also signs of WFH burnout. You may even be unable to complete tasks as efficiently as before.
Work-from-home employees should be aware of their time boundaries so they can stick to them. They should set a specific start time, a break time, and a definite finish time. They must also be aware of the law of Parkinson’s Law, which says that work expands to fill the time available.
Accordingly, while working from home may be an option, it can be difficult to form a social life. Working alone can make it difficult to develop strong friendships and experience a range of emotions. Socializing with colleagues can help keep work-related burnout at bay. By incorporating time for personal interests, you can rejuvenate your motivation to work. Similarly, reading a new book every two weeks can improve your mental health.
A healthy routine will help you avoid feeling burned out. Try to establish clear boundaries with yourself and your team members. Avoid putting yourself under a time constraint. Establish a mental boundary, similar to your workspace’s boundaries.
To know more information about the symptoms and causes of work-from-home burnout and the different methods to overcome it, read this infographic from OVA Virtual, a VA company in the Philippines.