The pandemic has made it difficult for employees and employers alike. Today, it’s a tough task to get an employee who could be a good fit for a particular role in an organization. With working from home becoming the new normal, both the employees and the employers are finding it hard to balance everything. It’s not that people weren’t stressed at work before the pandemic. However, COVID-19 has only worsened the mental health situation even more.
Why Stress at Work is So Relevant Today?
Today, employees feel out of control because of the remote work structure. Also, they are constantly in two minds about the virus. They need to juggle between their work and personal lives from the same place and it’s affecting their minds. Also, the uncertainty that looms in everyone’s lives plays a huge trigger behind poor mental wellbeing. And in such a scenario, it’s mandatory for the employers to take necessary steps and avoid employee burnout.
Why Work/Life Balance is Important in Today’s Situation?
Maintaining a work-life balance is important for everyone. But since COVID-19, it has become tough to bring a difference between these two important aspects in life. As most of the employees are working from home, there are no set hours of work. Most employers also expect their employees to be available for work-related calls at any time of the day. In this environment, it is the job of an employer to allow their employees to ‘turn off work’. They should inspire their employees to not work before or after the set work time. Also, they should understand that keeping a hawk’s eye over their employees will not get the job done. And the employees will only work on the deliverable when there’s no unnecessary pressure on them by their bosses.
Why Should Employees Speak Out in Favor of Themselves?
This is not only the job of the employers but even the employees should communicate clearly about their thoughts and feelings with their bosses. And for this, the organizations should have a transparent and open communication practice. Regular one-on-one sessions, group activities (could be virtual), are important to detect the early signs of burnouts amongst the employees. And this way, employers can make it a habit to talk to their employees and make sure that they are having a good time working for the company.
Why is Time-Off Vital?
Certain companies do give their employees yearly or quarterly time-offs. And this should be considered by all organizations around the world as well. Providing the employees with a few days of paid leaves will allow them to enjoy their holidays better. Also, ensuring that they are not obliged to take work calls or reply to work emails while being on time-off is essential too. If a few employees cannot go on long leaves, arranging for staycations would work as well.
Wrapping It Up,
Mental health is as important as physical health. However, people do not really pay attention to having a healthy mental vigor. But as we are in a tumultuous time due to the pandemic, it’s imperative to ensure that the employees are not finding it hard to cope with the work pressure. Keeping in mind the above-listed aspects can help both the employers and the employees stamp out work burnouts.