How to Burnout-Proof WFH for Your Employees

Your employees are facing burnout on all fronts. Use this guide to understand the signs of burnout and to access ready-made tools that improve your team’s WFH experience tenfold.

Sharon Freeman
Program Specialist


Key Takeaways

Right Now, WFH Is Not Exactly Easy
Right Now, WFH Is Not Exactly Easy

As WFH stretches into 2021, employees are experiencing burnout on all fronts.

Together, Work & Life Are Thriving
Together, Work & Life Are Thriving

While WFH has its challenges, the positives linked to avoiding the commute abound.

You Can Save the Workday
You Can Save the Workday

Avoid burnout by supporting and recognizing your employees for their hard work.

Where We Work

A Special Case of Burnout

The COVID-19 pandemic has put extra pressure on everyone. Between juggling work and home life—plus increased stress levels for adults across the U.S. that are unlike anything the country has experienced in decades—your employees risk burnout from every angle. While the coronavirus has most certainly overstayed its welcome, the public health crisis persists, and performing work at home will prove necessary for the long-term.

But let’s get real: Working from home is not exactly easy. It comes with an array of obstacles:

Where’s the OFF button? You’ve finally got the commute of your dreams—a 30-second walk from your bedroom to your desk. But that comes with its own problem: There’s no separation between the workplace and home. And now, it’s past 6 p.m., and you’re still sitting in front of your laptop.

Pardon the interruption(s). You’ve likely gained some new coworkers during this time: family, pets, roommates. Working alongside them comes with distractions that can make it difficult to stay focused on your tasks or in your meetings.

Experts believe that organizations have the power to help employees overcome many of the causes of burnout. According to Gallup, these problems are at its root:

  • Unfair treatment at work
  • Unmanageable workload
  • Lack of role clarity
  • Lack of support from the manager
  • Unreasonable time pressure
Burnt-out employees are 2.6 times as likely to be actively seeking a different job.
Gallup (July 2018)

Beware: Burnout Ahead

Spot burnout before it becomes unmanageable for your employees. Here are two more signs to look out for:

Grass looks greener on the other side. According to Gallup, burnt-out employees are 2.6 times as likely to be actively seeking a different job. If your employees are showing signs of disengagement, this could mean they are considering other career opportunities.

Hitting a wall. Burnout leads to exhaustion that can manifest itself in many ways. From low energy to stalled creativity, these red flags can throttle what your team does best.

The Good News

Your employees actually like working from home. In research conducted by Georgia Commute Options and supported by Perimeter Connects, the results show far more positives than negatives. The top two most commonly reported positives are linked to the benefits of not commuting:

  • 73% of employees reported that they were saving money on their commute
  • 54% reported that they felt less stressed because they did not have to travel to and from their worksite
  • More than a third of respondents indicated that they felt they were more productive and experienced positive health and wellness benefits
  • The hours typically spent commuting have translated into serious productivity time

Your Chance to Save the Workday

While WFH has its challenges, it can be made so much easier with the right tools and resources. Equip your employees with what they need to achieve WFH success and happiness. Give them something memorable that celebrates their hard work.

(Ahem…keep scrolling to find something very special that we made for your team).

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Additional Research

Burnout Is About Your Workplace, Not Your People

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced it’s officially recognizing employee “burnout.” With that recognition comes the shift of responsibility for managing burnout from your employees to your organization.

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How to Prevent Employee Burnout

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Employees Fear Compromised Health, Safety at Workplace

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The Right Gift For Your Employees

Work From Home Care Package

Your team has worked incredibly hard this year. Let them know that it’s appreciated with some extra support with this readymade WFH care package, specially made for them.

This Was Made With You In Mind

Our team crafted this eBook to help you create a more balanced workday, even in the face of ever-changing circumstances. Learn how we can bring more support to your company right now.

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