However, it’s also had a huge impact on our professional lives. Many organisations are feeling the pressure, and employees need to be even more responsive, productive and effective. Yet this can prove challenging when we don’t have the ability to have quick face-to-face conversations with colleagues, technology isn’t always reliable and, for many, there are also the responsibilities of family life to consider.
As the lines between our personal and professional lives blur like never before, why should we take burnout seriously, and what can you do to ensure you don’t become overworked during this crisis?
Currently, you can easily end up working longer hours and burning yourself out. Sure enough, according to NordVPN, there is evidence of employee hours having spiked since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. In the UK, workdays have typically increased by an average of two hours – and for many, it may well be more.
The negative impacts of overworking are many. Not only does it impact your mental health – at a time which is already emotionally trying – but it can adversely impact your physical health too, whether through stress or lack of sleep. Of course, the mental and physical impact of being continuously overworked will also affect your work, through reduced concentration and eventually, a drop-off in productivity.
With this in mind, here are some tips for preventing burnout as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
It’s easy to feel guilty if you aren’t working more hours than usual during the coronavirus pandemic. However, a feeling that you ‘need’ to work more right now can also be a slippery slope that causes you to venture into bad habits, such as overworking and putting your wellbeing in danger when you most need to look after yourself. It’s therefore important to have a sense of perspective and let go of the unrealistic expectations you have for yourself.
By adopting simple but stringent measures like the above, you will be able to better shield yourself from the dangerous consequences of overworking during this very testing time for us all.
If you’re considering your next step, get in contact with one of our expert recruitment consultants for a confidential chat about the career options available to you, or to access a host of resources for helping you adapt to the new way of working, visit our Inspire Me in the New Era of Work Hub. As your lifelong career partner we are with you every step of the way and will be updating this site regularly with new guides, blogs and information to support you.
Orlagh Reynolds is a Senior Business Director leading a team of Hays recruiting specialists across Office Support, Accountancy & Finance, Senior Finance HR and Procurement and Supply Chain. Orlagh has over 16 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, in both Ireland and Australia, and is based in our Dublin office.
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