Initially, workers appreciated quarantine as a welcomed break from commute and routine. In the months since shelter in place mandates were initiated, insiders are predicting a new wind for career burnout.
COVID-19 anxiety and increased workload energized by telework operations have actually exacerbated the already poor work/life balance statistics reported in previous years.
Thirty-one percent of the respondents featured in the new survey said that they feel like they have to work more rigorously because their office is essentially their home now.
Twenty-seven percent of the same are missing the weekly social interactions they got from traditional work life.
The research revealed that 20% of Americans have been helped immensely by meditation and or yoga on their days off. So much so in fact, 22% contend that their offices ought to provide mindfulness and wellness classes for overworked employees.
Pandemic induced burnout
“They are already accustomed to going into work rather than staying at home and working, so this is a huge change for everyone,” explained Goshawn Chawla, who is an adult psychiatrist. “They’re experiencing feelings of fear that they will underperform therefore they will put 200% of themselves in the job thinking that this might be temporary. This can sometimes jeopardize their medical and mental health.”
The primary reasons impacting the rising trend of work burnout are halved between unrealistic goals and long hours.
On balance, remote workers spend a collective 59 hours more at work per week (or an additional 7 days) than they did when they were at their offices.
Moreover, 37% of the survey pool regularly feels pressure to overexert themselves at their place of work. Thirty-nine percent said that they don’t take enough days off a year, and an additional 47% feel as though they’re constantly performing socially during telecommunications.
Things have gotten so bad, it’s beginning to affect job gains on a national level.
Nearly 50% of the survey pool has actually quit because of burnout, while 29% are considering taking a long paid leave off.
“With almost a third of people saying lockdown has brought them closer to burnout, there is no question the pandemic has greatly impacted the nation’s collective mental health,” consultant psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Vohra said in a StudyFinds release. “Companies must put defenses in place and guard against elements which might cause stress and anxiety, and looking forward, they must make robust changes to ensure employees are protected, particularly during times of uncertainty.”
Dr. Chawla adds that she has noticed seven principle factors speeding up burnout in Americans:
- Personal finances
- Current events
- Concern over their family’s health
- Increased job responsibilities
To combat these, the psychiatrist recommends workers established boundaries, turn off telecommunications on their days off, engage in recreational activities, and request flexible work hours during times of crisis.