Pandemic fatigue is upon us as we start our second year of working and living under the cloud of COVID-19. Many companies that have survived are focused on doing the work. “Focused” may be the wrong term since “lack of focus” is one result of the fatigue.
The pandemic has muddied work boundaries. Workweeks and workloads have increased as have employees struggling with anxiety, depression and burnout. Gallup’s recent report, “Employee Burnout: Causes and Cures,” demonstrated workweeks that average more than 50 hours significantly increase burnout, and there is another substantial rise in burnout at 60 hours.