Employee burnout set to rise following latest lockdown

With new lockdowns in place across Australia, the risk of workplace burnout for employees is expected to surge.


According to Indeed’s 2021 Employee Burnout Report, 67 per cent of survey respondents believe workplace burnout has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Of the respondents, 53 per cent of employees who work from home said they are working more hours during the pandemic than they did when working in the office, while a further 27 per cent of people said they are unable to unplug from work.


Organisational psychologist Dr Feyona Lau said the increased pressures many employees face as a result of lockdown restrictions can have a negative effect on health and wellbeing.


“Stepping back into home schooling, even if for a short period, while delivering a normal workload is incredibly stressful. The competing responsibilities, reduced capacity for self-care and social isolation can quickly impact mental health.”


“Individual strategies like staying active, self compassion and establishing boundaries are important for employees, but employers also have a role to play to help reduce burnout.”


With the pandemic well and truly heading deep into 2021, Werkling founder and CEO Michelle Fotheringham said there were simple options business leaders could implement to help reduce employee burnout.


“We know how hard lockdown restrictions have been on many employees, and when you add online meetings, home-schooling and caring responsibilities into the mix, for many, workloads became instantly unmanageable,” Fotheringham said.


“A practical way that business leaders can support their team’s wellbeing is to bring in interim talent to share and reallocate the workload, and take the immediate pressure off employees. This is a great strategy both during and following a snap lockdown.”


South East Water General Manager, People and Safety, Bridget Thakrar said she has already noticed benefits since engaging on-demand talent.


“I have used on-demand talent in the past to scale up during peak periods and to bring a different set of skills into the team and have seen a positive impact on both the outcome and the employee experience.”


“There are a few pieces of work that we will hand over to on-demand talent to deliver for us over the next couple of weeks, which immediately helps take the pressure off our team,” Thakrar said.



With the end of the pandemic feeling a little further away than hoped, business leaders need to find new ways to navigate snap lockdowns, create sustainable working models and provide space for employee wellbeing.


If you would like to access on-demand talent to increase capacity in your team, please book a Micro Consult.


If you are personally struggling following lockdown, please get in touch with Beyond Blue.