WFH burnout building at Google, Facebook
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

Pandemic restrictions have pushed workers in practically every role out of their comfort zone, forcing them to log onto work from the home environments that used to be their “escape” from the 9-to-5. But as the walls between the office and home have blurred, so too have the hours of work, as many employees—specifically those working at major tech companies—are reporting greater rates of burnout than they did pre-social distancing.

A study conducted by workplace chat app Blind found that among the biggest Silicon Valley tech companies, pandemic-induced work-from-home (WFH) is leading to workers feeling 68 percent more burnt out than they did last year. While the feeling is subjective, the increase can’t be ignored.

This is particularly prevalent at Google and Facebook, the research finds, which is interesting considering these brands have been among the loudest supporters of widespread enterprise WFH in battling the pandemic, with Google having established the go-to strategy for WFH well before social distancing orders were ever put in place.

In total, 79 percent of Google employees who responded to the survey say they’re more burned out than before, while 81 percent of Facebook employees said the same.

A similar study conducted by Blind back in February found that 61 percent of the nearly 4,000 professionals polled were feeling burnt out because of factors related to unmanageable workload, insufficient rewards, and an overarching “lack of control.” Fast forward to early May, and Blind has found that these concerns had risen roughly 12 percent across the board, with concerns over job security now looming over one in five respondents.

Historically, research has shown that WFH under “normal” circumstances (read: pre-pandemic) can go a long way in helping alleviate daily stressors in some roles, including the elimination of commuting, which has long been a concern for folks in major tech hubs like Silicon Valley. But there are a whole new list of stressors to contend with today versus a year ago that many of us had never anticipated, and being confined to the same living space for days or weeks on end will inevitably come with it’s own unique challenges.

All of this goes to show that as much as we’ve learned about the positives of WFH in this global “experiment” in decentralization, it’s too soon to fully say goodbye to the office as we knew it before the pandemic. Instead, companies will need to adapt to support a more fluid, “anywhere operations” model for work that will allow employees to enjoy similar experiences with the job wherever they log on.

Supporting this new normal calls for enterprise IT teams to synchronize visibility across their rapidly evolving network footprint to ensure they can monitor and manage the digital experiences of users leveraging any app, from any location, at any point in time.


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