As of now, two-thirds of employees are currently working remotely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, my company included. It’s true, remote work has its benefits: From a commute to the kitchen table to the ability to have lunch with your kids, we have more time to spend on hobbies and personal interests outside of work. All of which are key factors for better work-life balance and increased productivity. For me, I have been able to spend more time with family and catch up on my reading list.
But in recent weeks, as many companies have extended temporary plans for employees to work from home, the novelty of remote work has started to wear off. A July survey from Monster found 69% of employees are experiencing burnout symptoms while working from home—up almost 20% from early May.
As managers and leaders, we have a responsibility to help teammates adapt to their new environments as best as we can. We have to be flexible and, most importantly, ensure employees feel safe, supported, and motivated to do their best work.