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    More fatigue as coronavirus increases workload

    It is recommended to pay extra attention to the mental state of employees for the time to come. During the first phase of the coronavirus crisis, everyone’s focus was on ‘survival’; but now, with the immediate threat behind us, mental fatigue may kick in.

    For many employees, the sudden switch from their normal routine to a lockdown and working from home was a big transition. Everyone tried to adapt to the new situation as best as possible. But now, with the first phase of immediate threat behind us, many employees are experiencing fatigue. They spent the lockdown working extra hard, for example because they are employed in the health care industry or in education, or they had to combine their work with assisting their children in their education from home. These employees may be afraid of losing their job. Holidaymaking will also be different and demands more adaptation than ever.

    Are people able to relax enough?
    Giving extra attention to these topics is recommended. Supervisors can check on their team more frequently. Do employees experience too much workload? Are they able to relax enough? Can they make the switch from work life to private life and call it a day at 5pm? It is important that people feel their voices are being heard and that the employer is paying attention to the problems which may arise in the current situation.

    Not just the health care industry and education
    Trade union CNV examined the workload in the Netherlands. The found that 34 percent of employees is experiencing an increased workload. A further 11 percent states they are on the verge of a burnout and 21 percent reports an higher rate of absenteeism. According to CNV, these figures do not only apply to the health care industry and education. In the service industry, 46 percent is also experiencing more stress because of the coronavirus crisis.

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