GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Cozy clothes, no commute, and working from your couch are some of the joys of working from home. However, data shows burnout is at an all time high.
Mesa County’s Safer at Home Level Red limits office space to 10% of capacity, so remote work is encouraged, but research conducted by NordVPN shows homebound employees are logging 3 more hours per day, and people are struggling to disconnect.
In turn, 69% of employees are experiencing burnout symptoms, according to an online employment platform, Monster. Some symptoms of burnout include high blood pressure, cognitive decline, and depression. Therefore, psychologists recommend setting up a similar routine to what your work life was in the office. That means working the same hours, and at the end of the day, turning off your electronics.
Dr. Amy Gallagher, a licensed psychologist with Mind Springs Hospital, notices that people are taking less vacation time and time off due to travel restrictions. However, she says, “I really encourage people to use their paid-time-off and and vacation time in order to recharge.”
Dr. Gallagher also says to talk with your supervisor or reach out for professional help if your burnout becomes unmanageable alone.