The Virus Called Remote Work Burnout

Categories: Recruitment Advice, Trends and Learning

Remote work burnout can happen to anyone, and it doesn’t have to be all that bad. In fact, with the right precautions, you can even prevent it from happening at all. The trick is finding the right balance between your personal and professional lives while still being able to manage your stress levels effectively.

How remote work burnout differs from other causes of burnout.

When you’re suffering from remote work burnout, it doesn’t feel like a regular case of stress. Stress is usually not caused by working too hard or being overworked. Instead, it’s usually caused by your inability to deal with the demands placed on your life—the demands of your job and home life, for example. Stress is also often triggered by factors outside of one’s control; when something unexpected happens that disrupts our normal flow and throws us off balance, we can become stressed out as a result.

Remote work burnout is different because there are no external sources to blame for the cause of your exhaustion and anxiety—it comes from within yourself instead. This can make it harder to figure out why you’re experiencing these symptoms in the first place (and why they keep coming back).

How do you know when you’re experiencing remote work burnout?

If you’re experiencing remote work burnout, you may notice that:

  • You’re not productive anymore. You can no longer get things done, or they take much longer than usual to complete.
  • You’re not happy at work. It’s no longer a fun place to be, and you dread going into the office every day because it feels like drudgery and you’d rather do anything else but be there.
  • You feel like you’re not making any progress on your goals for yourself or for your business/organization (if applicable). This is a key sign of remote work burnout—if everything is going great with your business and/or organization, but it’s still taking forever for you to accomplish certain tasks or make certain decisions, then maybe there’s something more going on here!
  • You feel like a failure in some way—maybe just in general because nothing seems to be working out right at all these days… Or maybe because one thing specifically went wrong recently (like missing a deadline) that makes everything else seem less important than ever before… Either way: if this happens often enough without much change happening despite trying hard enough then chances are high that there’s something deeper going on here too!

What can cause burnout in general and especially in a remote work setting?

There are many factors that can cause burnout, and a remote work setting is no exception. The lack of control over your schedule, no clear goals or direction, not having enough time to complete tasks effectively and efficiently (which leads to feeling rushed), and not having the right resources available are all potential contributors. Further complicating matters is the fact that remote workers often don’t have access to their colleagues’ physical support and encouragement.

To help prevent these issues from occurring:

  • Make sure you’re working on something you believe in – it’ll be easier to deal with problems when you feel passionate about what you’re doing!
  • Define clear goals for yourself, then create a plan for how you’ll achieve them so that everything stays on track throughout your workday/week/month/year (or however long).

How to reduce or eliminate the chance of experiencing remote work burnout.

To avoid experiencing remote work burnout, it’s important to find the right balance between your personal and professional lives. To do this, you should:

  • Identify what’s most important to you. Do you need more time with family? Do you want more time for reading? Whatever it is, figure out how much of that can be done while working remotely so that it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice or a burden when working from home.
  • Find ways to get outside and be active. Even though there are many people who don’t have access to gyms in their office buildings, chances are if they’re living in an apartment building somewhere then there will probably be some kind of gym available nearby (and if not now then eventually). If there isn’t one nearby yet then maybe consider joining one at another location for occasional use or even try finding workout groups online like Couch to 5K or C25K that help get people started with running/walking/jogging etc..

Focus on finding the right balance between your personal and professional lives.

Here are some ways to find the right balance between your work and personal lives:

  • Make sure you have friends and family to talk to. If you don’t have anyone outside of the office with whom you can chat, this is a sign that your remote work situation isn’t healthy for you. You won’t be able to avoid burnout if there’s nowhere else for all those pent-up emotions about work to go.
  • Find hobbies or other interests outside of work. Having something outside of work will help keep things in perspective when things get stressful at the office and remind you that there’s more than just work out there in the world. Video editing for example is now a lot easier or you can create animated GIFs it’s a lot of fun and destressing.


Remote work burnout is a serious issue that can affect your ability to do your job. If you are experiencing remote work burnout, it’s important not only to take steps to reduce or eliminate it, but also to seek professional help if necessary. When these symptoms continue for too long without treatment, they can lead to other health problems like depression and anxiety.