An article by Esquire Philippines narrates that burnout is currently rising in the work from home (WFH) sector. In Microsoft’s Work Trend Index Report, it revealed that almost one-third of workers around the globe suffer from burnout in the last six months as COVID-19 forced the working sector to a WFH setup.
“In the last 6 months, we have seen how COVID-19 has contributed to the evolution of the workplace—from a physical space to one residing in a virtual world. As businesses adapt to a new way of working, it is important to examine the multifaceted impact these changes are having on employees and provide relevant and timely solutions,” states Rosalind Quek, General Manager of Modern Workplace, Microsoft Asia.
Esquire mentions the transition as ‘blurring the lines between work and home’ – thus causing conflict in the work-life balance. Microsoft Teams were able to track the work habits and schedules of respondents in its assessment.
“Our data shows even six months past the first work-from-home orders, people are in significantly more meetings, taking more ad hoc calls, and managing more incoming chats than they did before the pandemic,”excerpts from the Microsoft’s Work Trend Index Report.
“After-hours chats, or chats between 5pm and midnight, have also increased. Perhaps more interestingly, the share of Teams users sending those chats after hours has more than doubled. Put another way, there is a whole group of people who never touched a keyboard after 5pm before the pandemic—now, they do,” it added. Read more: One Third of Workers Suffer From Increased Burnout Due to WFH and Lack of Work-Life Balance, an article by Esquire Philippines.