Do you find yourself sometimes thinking that work, or even this year, is just overwhelming? We hear you! It’s no easy feat to be chipper and productive during the midst of a traumatic global event. Feeling maxed-out when caring for yourself, your family, and the responsibilities of working through a pandemic is normal and common. In fact, a poll taken May 5th, 2020 of over 1,200 US workers revealed that more than half of those telecommuting are experiencing burnout and work overload.
Managing burnout from work is often overlooked as only a task for people who have extra time. From our perspective, you make time for what your priorities are. This is our call to make yourself one of those priorities. We’ve put together some tips on managing burnout. These can help replenish your mind, so you are better equipped to handle everything that comes your way.
Collecting information on remote work, productivity, and burnout has been a priority for business and social research this year. We are learning more rapidly than ever how working from home impacts people’s lives, for better and for worse. Although fantastic that companies have seen their remote teams flourish, the extended nature of working from home in 2020 also has its downsides.
You’ve heard it before, if you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t fully be there for others. Balancing projects with deadlines, a full Zoom schedule, replying to emails, and not to mention your personal life, can be quite the challenge. We navigate our daily lives with the backdrop of an extremely driven culture. Success is a product of immense dedication, work ethic, and keeping up with high expectations for ingenuity and performance.
While this holds truth, we also know that without rest and strategic self-awareness, this level of output is unrealistic. Even the Dalai Lama agrees and once said, “if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”
So how do you know if you’re heading towards burnout or just having a tough week? Burnout means experiencing extended periods of chronic stress, without the roots of those stressors being addressed. Keep an eye on the signs of burnout, and assess if you need more self-care in your life.
None of these feelings are comfortable, and we’ve probably all felt them to a certain extent. Be that as it may, identifying that change is needed is a great first step in managing burnout. Even brief mental health assessments can provide needed perspective about balancing work and life.
Know you are not alone if you are experiencing burnout. In 2019, Mental Health America found that 70% of the current workforce is searching for other jobs, and roughly 50% are “checked out” of their current roles from a survey of 17,000 employees across 19 U.S. industries. This problem is ubiquitous. It reflects the need for change in our culture, which starts with more individuals and companies actively valuing mental health and work-life balance.
Also, understand that addressing burnout is not an overnight process. Chronic stress should be dealt with seriously, and undergoing changes to help yourself feel and perform better is a worthy endeavor. In the long-run, COVID-19 related stress will not last forever. Acknowledging that this stressor, among others, is temporary, is crucial to building a plan to combat feelings of uncertainty and burnout.
Here at BWBacon Group, we know and live what you are experiencing as an employer or job seeker in Denver, Boulder, Dallas, San Francisco, New York City or any of the other cities we work in. We believe great recruiting starts and ends with understanding people.
If you have any questions about living, working or playing any of the areas we serve, please contact us. We are happy to help. Seize the day, every day, that’s what we say!