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Telecommuting: is there a risk of burn-out or bore-out?

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Here are two distinct terms that lead to the same conclusion: burnout at work. One is caused by too much work and the other by a lack of work. Due to the health crisis, teleworking has become widespread for students and companies. Does this new practice lead us to one of these two syndromes? 



We all know burnout, which is a syndrome of physical and mental exhaustion caused by stress at work. This term is still relevant, by working from home, you can also find yourself burned out.

With repeated lockdowns and teleworking, there are two types of people: those who can take their foot off the gas and those who, on the contrary, have to manage everything at the same time.

According to a study by the CSA Institute in collaboration with Linkedin France, nearly a quarter of French people (23%) say they have been exposed to a risk of burnout during confinement, and nearly half among young people (46%). When you're close to burnout, you have to listen to your body, and the signals to protect yourself from it. Often, we don't realize it, because we are in an energy mechanic where we no longer feel that our body is exhausted. 

This problem of burnout by work is all the more complicated to detect when working with your employees remotely.

From a distance, it's hard to feel that someone isn't doing well. It is therefore essential to schedule time for discussion in order to see how your employees are coping with the workload. It is also the responsibility of employees to know how to say no and to draw a line.



The bore-out corresponds to the opposite scenario. It comes from the English boring which means boring. It refers to the syndrome of burnout through boredom. Lack of work, boring tasks, lack of meaning or well-defined missions can cause bore-out.

It is a psychological disorder that affects more and more employees. To this day, it is not politically correct to say that you are bored at work, when being overwhelmed is synonymous with involvement. And yet, according to a Stetone study, 32% of employees are affected by boredom at workAlso according to the CSA and Linkedin study, during the lockdown, 28% of French people felt close to bore-out at some point during this period.

In view of the situation, some people have been subjected to an intense work rhythm and have found themselves on short-time work, without any tasks in their agenda.

In this situation, boredom is linked to the sudden break in a rhythm in the activity. As a result, people have to completely restructure their time and lives, which is very difficult to manage. Boredom can be beneficial if chosen, but in this case, it is endured.

It is synonymous with fatigue, depression and low self-esteem. We dream of doing nothing, and yet spending our days killing time would be as bad as working too much.

The consequences are numerous and are similar to those of burn-out, sleep disorders, depression, stress, chronic fatigue, etc. In order to become aware of your situation, you must talk about it and inform your superiors.


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