Research suggests that remote working is aggravating secondary stressors which are causing people to feel burned out more than ever before

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the world earlier this year, everything had to be shut down for security measures. Work and study from home became the new norm, especially the work-from-home trend received a lot of appreciation from many people because it alleviated some major stress-causing issues. Commuting, conveyance problems, going to the office daily at a fixed time, dress code, and all such issues that used to be quite tedious for many people around the globe were suddenly gone because of the new set-up and routine. Some tech giants like Twitter, Spotify, Shopify, etc. had even announced that if their employees are more comfortable with this new routine, they can continue working remotely even after the pandemic. This remote working added extra benefits for the employers also because if the majority of the employees are working from home and not coming to the office, electricity and other utility consumption at office buildings could be reduced too.

So, everyone liked this new arrangement as it benefitted all. It seemed that people will be at least happy now, but a new survey by workplace chat app Blind has recently revealed some surprising facts.

Blind surveyed 3023 employees from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft. More than 68% of the employees from these tech giants have said that they feel more burned out now that they have to work remotely in comparison to the pre-pandemic time. Especially 79% of the employees that feel this burn out the most are from Google and Facebook.

In February also Blind surveyed 3921 users and it found out that around 61% of professionals from all the walks of life felt some kind of burn out as they found the workload more unmanageable than before, and felt that the rewards and appreciation chances were getting less because of remote working and no direct contact with the higher-ups.

By May, people had started feeling more agitated because of their job security issues and financial crisis due to the lockdown.

But now, this percentage of people feeling tired and all burned out has risen, which means that professionals are not really happy with remote working anymore. Many people have commented that working from home feels like they are living at their workplace, and the long hours, unending workload, and unmanageable professional/personal life balance are few reasons that are aggravating their situation and making remote working more difficult.

Blind surveyed 5500 users for their opinion about work-life balance in this situation, and it turned out that more than half of the respondents said that there is no work-life balance if they are working from home, and that is one major reason why these professionals are feeling more burnt out than before.

Many people find video calls extremely exhausting too.

Terry Patterson, a psychologist has also suggested that while remote working has its obvious advantages, but the secondary factors are increasing the stress levels amongst people. Especially issues like job security, finance management, etc. are some of the major stressors added to the already uncertain and gloomy situation in the world because of COVID-19.


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