Avoid Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic
For many workers, their new “normal” routine consists of getting out of bed and logging on to work. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has shifted the workplace from the office to kitchen tables and living rooms for thousands of employees.
This shift to telecommuting has made it possible for employees to work while staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, but it has also created a few challenges, including increased levels of stress and burnout.
What is burnout?
According to the World Health Organization, doctors can diagnose you with burnout if you exhibit the following symptoms:
- Exhaustion or energy depletion
- Decreased engagement at work, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to your job
- Reduced productivity or efficacy
The negative effects of burnout can extend beyond the workplace and into your home and social life. It can also increase your risk of getting sick and developing chronic conditions.
What are the signs of burnout?
Since burnout is the result of prolonged and chronic workplace stress, it’s important to know how to recognize the signs of workplace stress. Common job stressors include:
- Heavy workload
- Long work hours
- Lack of work-life balance
- Concerns over job security
While dealing with stress is a normal part of everyday life, and these uncertain times may be elevating your overall stress levels, it’s important to watch out for prolonged stress. Here are some early warning signs of burnout:
- Anxiety or depression
- Low morale
- Short temper
- Stomach or back problems
If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be time to talk to your supervisor or manager to address your chronic stress.
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