How to Support Your Team and Avoid Burnout During WFH

Signs of WFH Burnout

If it is left unaddressed, burnout can make it difficult for you to function well in your daily life.

1) Working All The Time

One of the most visible signs is overworking. So, if you find yourself working all the time in an attempt to appear productive, with not enough time to rest, that’s a telltale sign of burning out.

2) Procrastinating On Tasks

WFH has never been easy for office-bound employees who are fairly new or have just transitioned to the new normal. With so many distractions at home, and some projects are still waiting to get done, feeling overwhelmed can’t easily be avoided.

3) Underlying Restlessness to Do More

One thing you should be mindful of when working from home: working longer doesn’t equate to working better. Extremely long hours of working doesn’t guarantee your quality results.

4) Checking Emails Obsessively

While working from home, it’s essential to stay connected with your team and colleagues. In this matter, emails or other project management software are a staple for you and your team.

5) Allowing Meetings to Run Past Schedule

Since you and your team can’t meet in-person to discuss the projects altogether, video conferencing comes in handy. Even though you and your teamwork separately from each other, it’s crucial to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

How To Avoid WFH Burnout & Show Your Support

All these signs above are mostly caused by a blurry line between work life and home life. We’ve talked about quick tips about it.

Check-in With Them Regularly

Don’t only use video conferences for the discussion of your project. Try also to use it to catch up with everyone. Ask everyone how they are holding up. Make time for small talk and do fun things.

Utilize Communication Tools

While working from home, communication is one of the biggest hurdles you face. That’s why you need to utilize communication tools like Slack, Zoom, Basecamp, and more to close the gap.

Set Longer One on Ones

It’s crucial to regularly communicate and check for the projects you and your team have been working on. As the team is dispersed, one-on-ones communication is handy to give quick, instant feedback.

Encourage Your Staff to Setup Workspaces

Not everyone on the team is a big WFH fan. The transition to WFH can disrupt their focus and affect their productivity. Now that they don’t have an option, they can at least try to adjust to it.

Maintain Temporal Boundaries

Value everyone on the team’s right to disconnect from all the work-related things at the end of the workday. It’s incredibly crucial to give everyone, including yourself, a break from work and spend their off time with the loved ones.

Tips to Keep Your Employees Inspired

Working from home for an extended period of time isn’t the easiest job. It’s easy to feel unmotivated, stuck, lonely, exhausted– all the bad feelings you could ever mention.

#1. Create Remote Employee of the Week/Month For Motivation

What matters in teamwork is helping everyone feel recognized and appreciated. By creating a reward system, like choosing the best employee or team member every week, it’ll help boost their motivation.

#2. Create Team Shout Outs to Engage Them

With different personalities and preferences, engaging employees, and making sure that they’re motivated continuously and inspired even when in a WHF situation isn’t smooth sailing.

#3. Remote Onboard New Employees With Videos

If your company has some new employees at times like these, it’s impossible to give them one-on-one training.

Focus On What’s Important

When it comes to WFH, it’s easy to fall into the trap of losing focus, leaving you exhausted and sometimes even burnout. Loneliness, new routine, and the odd working hours make WFH quite challenging– for some employees with the sudden transition amid this pandemic outbreak.

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