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.
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Jane joined Hays in 1994 as an Associate. Initially recruiting within the Accounting and Finance in Scotland she progressed to Regional Director in 1999 running all Hays Finance, Office Support and Customer Contact recruitment across the North East of England.
Moving to Hays Australia in 2001 as Regional Director for offices across the Sydney and Canberra specialisms included Finance, Procurement, IT, and Banking. Jane also launched Hays Life Sciences in Australia and was instrumental in the development of the national Healthcare and Education business. In 2006 Jane was appointed a Senior Regional Director.
Jane returned to the UK in July 2013 initially completing a number of operational project roles in Cambridge and Chelmsford before taking responsibility, in 2015, as Regional Director for 6 offices across Essex and Suffolk. In 2017 Jane was appointed as the Managing Director for the East of England region, covering 17 offices. She also currently sits on the council for the CBI in the East of England.
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