Burnout to balance: How to help your remote staff manage stress

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Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially when working from home. Remote work can be challenging, and it’s important to support your staff during these trying times. As a manager, it’s your responsibility to help your team manage their stress levels and create a healthy work-life balance. Here are some tips on how to support your staff if they are stressed and working from home.

Communicate regularly…

When working remotely, it’s easy for team members to feel disconnected and unsupported. Regular check-ins can help alleviate this feeling by providing an opportunity for team members to discuss their progress, ask questions, and receive feedback. These check-ins can be conducted through video conferencing or messaging platforms, depending on your team’s preferences.

Supporting Staff Stress Working From Home

A study by Buffer found that 20% of remote workers identified "loneliness" as their biggest challenge when working remotely, which can contribute to feelings of stress and isolation.

Promoting Self Care reducing stress At Work

Promote self-care…

Encourage your team to prioritize self-care by taking breaks, engaging in physical activity, and pursuing hobbies outside of work. Encourage them to set boundaries around their work schedule and avoid working excessively long hours. This will help them maintain a healthy work-life balance, which is essential for reducing stress levels.

Consider offering wellness programs or incentives that encourage your team to engage in self-care activities. For example, you could include in your company benifits structure a gym memberships or yoga classes, or schedule regular team-building activities that incorporate wellness activities such as meditation or yoga.

A study by Buffer found that 20% of remA survey by Owl Labs found that 22% of remote workers reported feeling "burned out" by their job, compared to 8% of office-based workers.

Meet regularly to touch base with your team

Check-in regularly…

Regular check-ins can help you stay on top of your team’s workload and stress levels. During these check-ins, ask team members how they’re feeling and if they’re experiencing any stress or burnout. This can help you identify team members who may need extra support.


Lead by example…

As a manager, it’s important to model healthy self-care habits. Take breaks, prioritize your own well-being, and be open about your own struggles with stress. This can help create a culture of self-care within your team.

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It is reported that 74% of people experiencing some level of stress while working from home during the pandemic.

signs of burnout at work and how to recognise them

Look for signs of burnout…

Look for signs of burnout, such as decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, or changes in behavior or attitude. These may be signs that a team member is struggling and needs a break.

Be supportive…

Finally, be supportive of your team members when they prioritize self-care. Encourage them to take time off when needed, and offer flexibility around work schedules when possible. Show an interest in their well-being and ask how you can support them in managing their stress levels.

Ensure staff take a break to reduce stress

By encouraging self-awareness, checking in regularly, looking for signs of burnout, encouraging breaks, and offering support, you can help team members recognize when they need to take a break and encourage them to prioritize their well-being. Remember, supporting your team’s mental health and well-being is essential for maintaining a productive and engaged workforce.

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