Did you know that many Singaporeans are feeling burnout from working from home? According to the study from the 2021 Work Trend Index, 49 percent of workers are feeling exhausted and 58 percent feel they are overworked. If you can relate, fret not, you are definitely not alone.

What caused this burnout?

Ever since the COVID-19 happened, working from home has become a norm. This has led to the increase of digital workload and became one of the main reasons for burnout. People are unable to differentiate between work and personal time at home, resulting in overtime work.

The average duration of virtual meetings has also increased by 10 minutes* which can decrease the efficiency of completing other tasks due to longer meetings. As online meetings are more frequent now, it is important to always stay prepared to save time to have a productive meeting. We have curated some useful virtual tips previously, you may read more about virtual conference tips here.

(*Based on the global use of the Microsoft 365 online productivity tools in February 2020 versus February 2021)

There are also other facts such as lesser face-to-face interactivity, lesser break times, low motivation, and morale which you can read more about here.

How to identify burnout?

According to Healthline, burnout is much more severe than the usual fatigue because it is more difficult for people to cope with their stress and daily responsibilities. It is important to know if you are having symptoms of work from home burnout and below is an infographic that summarises the 7 signs of burnout.

How to cope or prevent burnout when working from home?


Handling burnout is not an easy task and we hope this can help you or the people around you to lead a healthier work-life.

Take care and stay healthy!


Vivien Wong

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