How to avoid burnout when working from home?

Friday, 25th March 2022
Man working from home

Working from home is becoming more common in today’s world, and it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t want to spend less time commuting, in the office, and at the desk? However, many businesses are not designed for employees to be 100% remote. The pressure on home workers is still high with daily meetings, over-loaded inboxes, and the inability for one to switch themselves ‘off’, that’s right we are talking about downtime. This can make working remotely difficult if you don’t have a clear work/life balance. But not to worry, below we’re going to address how to avoid burnout when your co-workers are physically located elsewhere as well as a few ways to continue working as usual from home as if you never left the office.

What is an appropriate work environment?

Working from home can be unproductive if you don’t have an appropriate working space. If you discipline yourself to create a professional work environment in your home and to keep your work and living areas separate, it’s much easier to avoid burnout. Here are some tips on how to set up an appropriate work environment:

The ideal home office

In an ideal situation, your work from home office should be a separate space in your home that purely has the function for working. For example you should not be working in your bedroom or living room, or anywhere  you would otherwise associate with rest and relaxation.

Ideally, a spare room is perfect, but other options that could be viable include a dining room, porch or summer house

Good lighting

Don’t underestimate the effects of good lighting on your mood and the atmosphere in the room thus allowing you to work more effectively.This is something that many people don’t think about, but it’s the same concept as waking up on a cold, dull, and dingy morning, we will quite often describe the day as ‘miserable’, whereas when you wake up and it’s bright, sunny, clear skies,we describe this as a ‘lovely’ day.

So, take precautions when choosing your workspace, ensure the room has good natural lighting or the option to illuminate the workspace. Also, make sure to avoid any glare on your monitor.

Good internet service

We all know that our home broadband can be intermittent, however, if you are expecting to work from the home long term it is advisable to install strong, reliable business broadband. Avoid the embarrassment of buffering during virtual meetings and the frustration of flippantly dropping out!

Regular team catch-ups

When working from home, it is very easy to feel left out of the loop when missing all the office affairs daily, this can become even more of an issue if it is over a long-term basis.

However, to avoid burnout, it is a good idea to have a weekly catch up with colleagues to have a chat about priorities, where you are with your workload, and what is expected from the team, it is also good just to be able to socialiseand feel like one of the team. .

Schedule your breaks

Just like scheduling your work, scheduling your break is imperative for your success and to avoid burnout. What is burnout? Well, let’s bring it back to basics. Burnout is brought on usually from stress and can be characterised by either a feeling of energy depletion, mental distance from your work, or feelings of negativity towards your job. All this could be avoided by taking regular breaks.

The one thing you should avoid is over-working yourself as you will grow tired and unhappy. It’s about defining a line between work/life balance and making sure there are boundaries set in place.

Have a clear start and stop time for your workday

Now, we know it’s tempting to roll out of bed at 8:55 am and start the working day, however by doing this you are lacking a daily routine, and as humans, we thrive on a routine. Remember, you are still working.

However, it’s not just this, you need to be making sure you are working the same hours, starting and finishing at the same time every day, in order to be productive. It’s so easy to stay and work until 9pm at night, but in doing so you are not giving yourself the natural time to unwind and then you ultimately risk burnout. This is the same thing as rolling out of bed last minute, the organisation is one thing, but you are not giving yourself the time to relax in the morning and prepare yourself for the day ahead of you.

With business mobiles that can integrate straight into your cloud phone system, you have the ability to work anytime, from anywhere. This means you can answer calls on the go and have the option to transfer calls to your other colleagues like usual, if you are unavailable.

Avoiding burnout is easy… if you set yourself boundaries and plan ahead of time. If you would like some friendly impartial advice any questions or enquires you can give us a call on 0333 3603 723 or email us at enquiries.uk@enreach.com.

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