Nearly 40 percent of respondents to a survey said they felt more productive while working from home, however, there are also negative impacts. Here are some ways to avoid burnout and to adjust to the new WFH normal.
While there are many benefits to working from home, we need to be aware of a few things.
Remote workers may be working on average 3.13 more hours at home than at work. Over time, it can become detrimental to your mental health and your productivity.
You're eating and exercise habits may become worse while you're working from home. Fifty percent of respondents to the Bluejeans survey say they have not been able to exercise regularly.
Distractions can cut your productivity. The most commonly reported distractions that remote workers face are taking care of kids (27.6 percent), scrolling through social media (26.5 percent), checking on the news (26.1 percent), and getting distracted by streaming services (9.7 percent).
It gets frustrating to become involved in our work, but to have a work environment that is not conducive to our deeper involvement.
If a workplace rookie (or even a manager) finds the working environment to be authoritative, opaque, chaotic or uncaring towards the employee, there is bound to be burnout, something that is increasingly common in software development profiles.
I've been regularly working from home for a decade. And for the past five years, I've spent the majority of my time getting work done from my home. I started this blog from home. I wrote six books from home. I wrote 90% of my articles from home. You get the idea.
If you start making mistakes and you feel dizzy after working a certain number of hours, don't overdo it. This is a sensitive topic if you have a boss, but observe the number of hours you are functioning the best. If you have 7 hours of productive work in you per day, use them. But if your battery runs out after 5 hours, call it a day.