Working from home increases digital burnout

Working from home increases digital burnout
Date: 23.12.2021 17:00

While the way we work changed during the coronavirus pandemic, which affected the whole world, a new type of burnout emerged.

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With the spread of working from home in the pandemic, burnout syndrome has also increased among employees. Burnout not only reduces one's work productivity, but also negatively affects psychological health.
Many people who have to work from home during the pandemic are experiencing similar problems. This psychological problem in working life has become widespread with the pandemic.
Subconscious Specialist Selda Soytürk Akyılmaz explained the danger of digital burnout syndrome to the Milli Gazete. 


Selda Soytürk Akyılmaz, Subconscious Specialist, said, “This way of working, which was very attractive and fun at first, over time actually overcame people's awareness and turned their lives into screen captivity. Over time, 'easy accessibility' unfortunately started to divide people's private lives. Expectations like ‘I was going to ask you something for a second? 5 minutes, will you look at this report, it won't take much of your time’ started to overlap. In all this chaos, the closures experienced during the pandemic period are also added, the event became uncontrollable.”


"Now, even meaningful communications such as conversations, entertainment, condolences and birthday celebrations have been transferred to the digital environment. Unfortunately, the physical health of people began to be affected as it required being in front of the screen all the time. Problems in the eyes, waist, neck, spine problems, and pain in the hand and wrist joints increased significantly. When all these troubles came together, the bursts started and the problem we call digital burnout emerged. This was actually an inevitable outcome that experts had warned from the very beginning,” Akyılmaz added.


Akyılmaz, who said that the most important thing to do to get rid of digital burnout syndrome is to put the options in life in a logical balance, "For this, first of all, it needs not to carry the work to the times in private life. It is very important not to always be online and reachable and to draw gentle lines on the subject. One of the other important issues is that the person knows that he/she should classify the screen addiction and that he/she should take different occupations in this direction. Of course, it is not possible to make the time spent on the screen zero in the digital age; but it is also important for our quality of life to use this time with quality and to give opportunities to other areas of life,” she added.


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