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Employers fear remote workers at risk of burnout

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The benefits of remote working are well-documented, including better work/life balance, more time spent with family and improved productivity. However, new research suggests many staff members could be on the brink of burnout as a result of remote working.

According to a new report from recruitment firm Robert Walters, many remote employees are feeling the pressure to keep productivity levels consistently high, out of a determination to prove remote working actually works.

As a result, many are feeling burnt out (opens in new tab), prompting managers to start seriously considering the risk burnout poses to their business, as well as to the wellbeing of their employees.

“There is no denying that mental health and wellbeing has been on the agenda for most employers – even pre-Covid,” said Sam Walters, Director of Professional Services at Robert Walters.

“Increasingly we were seeing offices be re-designed ergonomically, work health insurances enhanced to provide mental health support, and training provided to managers to help understand and deal with employees suffering from poor mental health. Many of these policies were geared around personal mental health issues – such as depression and anxiety – which have an impact or were exasperated by work.”

“Burnout is an entirely different and recently recognized condition which, unlike other mental health issues, can be directly linked to work. As a result, employers have a crucial and central role to play in order to ensure their staff do not reach the point of burnout.”

The report lists six key areas that can lead to burnout (opens in new tab), including unmanageable workload expectations, lack of autonomy and control, lack of recognition, poor company culture, lack of equal opportunity and fairness, and lack of purpose.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.