Work From Home is hurting mental health of IT Professionals, reveals survey

Work From Home

With IT professionals work from home due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the assessment of mental health is becoming a serious issue. According to a study conducted by Team Blind, nearly 66 percent of IT professionals are of the opinion that Work From Home (WTH) is deeply hurting their mental health. Nowadays, mental health is becoming a significant workplace concern due to the isolation faced by IT professionals from colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Team Blind comprises of an anonymous professional network of over 3.6M verified users. With polls becoming a modern day new normal, a Google employee ran a pool asking this query –¬†Is Work From Home aka WFH hurting your mental health? The poll received 9726 responses coupled with a robust dialogue of over 686 professionals commenting on their own experiences.

The poll results reveal that 66 percent of professionals are of the opinion that Work From Home (WTH) is hurting their mental health. Moreover, over 80 percent of employees working with Yelp, Facebook, Yahoo, and Paypal are aggressively impacted. The results show that less than 55 percent of employees working with Snapchat, Workday, and T-Mobile are also impacted by mental health syndrome.

According to a Microsoft engineer, the long extended working hours and no line between home and work are certainly hurting. The Work From Home is a reality and we have to face this harsh reality because health is of utmost importance. With 2/3 of professionals disclosed that WFH is hurting their mental health balance, business leaders across the world and industry should Red Flag the current scenario.

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The COVID-19 pandemic will not end very soon. We have to fight until the last patient is recovered and sent home. This is the reality and you have to face it. The Governments across the world are advocating the usage of masks, social distancing, and sanitizers to keep COVID-19 at bay.

We hope the pandemic will end soon. Until then, keep your mental health correctly by indulging in fun activities like regular breaks, play, cleaning your own shelves and rearranging books, and much more. You can even take part in the cooking activities to keep yourself free from stress and tensions and share the pictures and videos across social media platforms.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com