The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Is work-from-home working for you?

I was as amazed as you were, when I heard this. Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest infotech and outsourcing company with approximately 450,000 employees, reported recently that it would move 75 percent of its employees to ‘work from home’ permanently by 2025! Yes.

But like most HR experts, I think Tata will be the exception, not the rule. Remote work has its fair share of great benefits, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any struggles. The fact is that employees are facing increased burnout since the work from home phase started due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a survey of over 6,000 workers, the latest Microsoft Work Trend Index report found that India has the second highest percentage of workers facing increased burnout, with 41 per cent of workers citing the lack of separation between work and personal life as negatively impacting their well-being, resulting in increased stress levels. According to the study, 29 per cent of workers in India are experiencing increased burnout at work, owing to its increase in workday span by an hour. 

So, where do we go from here? Remote work is here to stay for quite a while— even permanently for some companies. You still want to do a good job and be productive, but you also need to take care of yourself all along the way.

Well, here are some tips. These can have a positive impact on productive and of course help avoid burnout on work-from-home journey—not just for today, but for the long haul. Give it a shot, maybe?

Treat home-office as your ‘office’

Creating and sticking to a regular schedule can help you maintain productivity and ease some of the stress that comes from working ‘all the time’. Set your work hours and log off at the end of your scheduled workday so you can focus on other things. It helps, yes, it really does.

Remember the office chai corner?

Don’t forget to brew in your favourite beverage and relive those happy office chit-chat memories. Schedule 10-15 minutes per day to chat with co-workers via Zoom, or any other real-time communication tool about non-work stuff. Whether you’re talking about your latest favourite streaming show or trading healthy meal recipes, the social support and connection can help you decompress and build relationships.

Get out, it’s worth it!

We all know that it feels good to get some fresh air in the middle of a workday, but did you know that it can also improve your productivity? Yes, studies show that breathing fresh air leads to better decision making and it’s a wonderful way to support your wellness. Make sure to get outside for some fresh air (or open a window!) whenever you can.

Take time to dust off that canvas

Prioritize exercise, hobbies, or a workday meditation practice—anything that brings you joy and peace will positively impact your ability to achieve better work-life balance.

Don’t go overboard with news updates

It’s not a match, so don’t keep score every now and then. It’s good to stay informed on the current state of things, but try not to make each of your daily “inputs” a new update. Continuous exposure to negative news can elevate your stress and anxiety. So be very vigilant.

Need help? Talk to someone.

It’s normal to be nervous about the state of things right now—like your family, your health, and the economy. Just remember that your mental health is important, too. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a family member, friend, colleague, human resources team, or a helpline.

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