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

Coronavirus: 'Quarantine could drive me back into depression'

Angie Brown

Edinburgh and East reporter

Mirjana Gavrilovic Nilsson
Birgitta Nilsson

A student visiting her mother in Spain fears she will relapse into depression on her return to Scotland following the reintroduction of quarantine for travellers from the country.

Mirjana Gavrilovic Nilsson, 28, said she struggled during the four-month lockdown and could not do another two week-stint in her Edinburgh home.

She said she felt anxious when the rule change was announced on Saturday.

The PhD student is currently staying with her mother in Mallorca.