Burnout is usually defined as a state of exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses shifted to utilizing virtual platforms to continue operations, hold meetings, and stay connected with leadership, staff, clients, and even other companies. In addition, many faced the added responsibility of ensuring school-aged children were completing their schoolwork from home, requiring a substantial amount of time and attention during regular business hours. Regardless if WFH is here to stay, we're increasingly living in a virtual environment and virtual burnout will continue to be a threat to consider.
It is highly likely the initial barrage of day-to-day, back-to-back virtual meetings presented a personal challenge for many, especially those who had previously not experienced this type of “work from home” environment. The constant engagement through audio and visual means can contribute to an increase in stress, leading to burnout if not carefully managed.
The DISC behavioral assessment offers valuable insight into predictable behavior, which can help identify your challenges while engaging in long-term virtual work and help you manage stress and burnout.
Regardless of the dominant behavioral style of leaders and teammates, it is important for each individual to understand the team’s typical behaviors to hone in on the moments when someone is experiencing elevated amounts of stress or simply having a bad day. Keep in mind everyone experiences life through their own five senses, and while it may not look, feel, or sound the same as yours, you can still help them through challenging times.
Even while many businesses are beginning to cautiously head back into the physical office, many are choosing to remain virtual. Stress management will continue to be a priority for those offering the option to return to work or stay at home, as businesses continue to navigate the ever-changing pandemic landscape.
Utilize DISC to help enhance your team’s ability to identify signs of burnout. Work together to develop strategies to keep virtual meetings engaging, timely, and relevant, while keeping teammates engaged, optimistic, and productive.