Remote working during the pandemic broke down boundaries between people’s private and professional lives, and for some, these blurred lines have resulted in widespread burnout. So, how can working culture be redefined to create healthier and more empowered environments?
As remote-working means we’re blurring the lines between work and play, the pandemic has pushed us to reassess our relationship with professional obligations, overwork, and burnout. The Nap Ministry reminds people that it’s important to reclaim time for rest, relaxation, and self-care.
As the pandemic continues to exacerbate feelings of burnout amongst employees, some companies are experimenting with different ways to keep their employees happy and productive. When it comes to paid time off, for instance, company-wide vacations could encourage people to truly shut off.
In the US, two-thirds of people are more burned out than they were before the pandemic, despite being equally motivated and feeling supported by their colleagues. Women were more likely to feel the strain of the past year, as workers put in longer hours to meet higher workloads.
While COVID-19 has strengthened the case for employers to offer remote working – turning what was long seen as a perk into a new norm – there’s a risk that it could forever blur the lines between professional and personal worlds. So, how can brands and companies help to restore work-life balance?