How to avoid work-from-home burnout

Remote workers are reporting emotional and physical exhaustion, anxiety and stress.
In India, with over 2 million Covid cases, health and safety continue to be a priority. 

Many companies are offering flexible and remote work till next year, to keep employees safe.

According to a recent study, job searches for work-from-home in the country have surged to a whopping 442% between the months of February and July – the highest globally.

But even as firms begin to notice the benefits of work-from-home during these challenging times, remote workers are now complaining of emotional and physical exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and in some cases, even depression.

So, how can managers and team leaders address staff woes while keeping the business functional?

And what innovative ways are mental health experts advising to keep stress at bay?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss what are the best measures to avoid work-from-home burnout.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Prabhash Bhatnagar, founder, director, Hotelogix; Subarna Ghosh, cofounder, ReRight Foundation; Dr Prerna Kohli, clinical psychologist

Woman with anxiety found lockdown therapeutic

BBC Radio Cornwall

Mental health charities have expressed concerns lockdown has made many people's mental stress worse.

But charity Cornwall MIND said there are those whose mental health actually improved during lockdown and who are now struggling to emerge as it eases.

Louise Iggulden, from Falmouth, lives with severe anxiety.

She is back in the office once a week, but told BBC Radio Cornwall she had found lockdown therapeutic.

Woman struggles with mental health
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"I enjoy the slower pace of life. I suppose with my anxiety and with the crowds I find it's getting a bit too busy already.

"I still go out but I go out in the mornings when it's a bit quieter or in the evenings, or I go to places where I hope there are going to be less tourists and less people about," she said.