The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a stressful and unpredictable year. It has also caused changes in how employees work. Many employees are working from home, and many children are also at home doing remote learning. A recent Eagle Hill Consulting survey, “COVID-19 Employee Burnout Survey,” surveyed 1,000 employees across the U.S. and found that close to two-thirds of employees with children doing remote learning are burnt out. Employees attributed this to the following:
- 45% said, their workload.
- 42% said, balancing work and their personal life.
- 33% said, lack of communication, feedback, and support.
- 32% said, time pressures.
- 28% said, lack of clarity around expectations.
- 25% said, performance expectations.
Melissa Jezior, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Hill Consulting, said the survey “findings shouldn’t be surprising to employers.” Jezior noted how working from home has caused work-life balance to change, and employees with children doing remote learning at home are often having to do two jobs, help their child and do their work.
The pandemic has caused many changes in how things usually are done. These survey results indicate the pandemic requires employers to take different steps, in addition to those they have already taken, to support their employees during the pandemic. Such measures can help ensure an employer retains its employees. These steps could be any of the following:
- Setting clear expectations on the working hours to create a better work-life balance for employees working from home.
- Adjusting work hours for employees so they can help their children with remote learning.
- Having clear job expectations for remote work.
- Surveying employees to determine how to minimize burnout.
- Notifying employees about any employer assistance programs that may be available to them.
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