Although homeworkers are happier and more productive when they choose to work from home, compulsory teleworking plays into the hands of burnouts.

It can also lead to indifference to work.

This is evident from research by both the VU University of Amsterdam and the National Center for Prevention of Stress and Burn-Out.

Many people find it difficult to control the stress associated with homework and maintain work-life balance.

Now that the Dutch have largely been obliged to work from home for months, work-life balance plays a more important role than ever, psychologists also note.

Because the boundary between work and private life is blurring, you are always 'on' and you can become overloaded.

After all, the place where you normally relax has been your workplace for a long time now.

For 21 percent of working Dutch people, the balance between work and private life is therefore an important health objective at the moment.

This became apparent in September from research commissioned by health insurer Zilveren Kruis.

Improving the balance between work and private life should not only give people more energy and happiness, but also help prevent burnout.

How do you recognize a disturbed work-life balance?

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, you can recognize a disturbed work-life balance by a feeling of constant stress.

Loss of interest and pleasure, irritation and quarrels in the family and your less efficient and productive work are also indicators.

Those who have a good work-life balance are involved in both work and family, achieve their own goals both at home and at work and have less problems with (emotional) fatigue and worry.

In general, people with a good work-life balance are therefore more satisfied with their lives.

But how do you get this done?

"Clear agreements about when work will take place and the option of turning off your email or telephone in the evenings and at the weekend are important for safeguarding this dividing line", says Jan-Willem Evers, director of Zilveren Kruis.

These tips can help you even more to have a good work-life balance and to try to prevent a burnout:

Hybrid work

Will it be possible to work on location again after the pandemic?

Then look for a combination of working at home and on location that feels right for you.

There is a good chance that post-corona hybrid work culture will often become the new normal.

Various studies have shown that both employers and employees are open to this.

This makes it easier to maintain a good balance.

Think about how many days you want to work in the office or on location and what is the most important reason for you to work at home or at the office.

This way you are prepared to talk to your employer after the corona crisis.

Pleasant working environment

In addition to the right work-life balance, a pleasant working environment is also important.

Both for physical and mental health.

Do you have everything you need to work well at home?

View the Zilveren Kruis checklist.

A number of practical advice at a glance:

  • Workplace


    Make sure that your desk, chair and screen are set correctly, within the options available to you at home.

    It is important that both your knees and elbows are at a 90 degree angle.

    Let the armrests or desk support your forearms.

  • Work rhythm


    Provide a work rhythm that suits your situation.

    If you don't let conversations last longer than 45 minutes, you stay sharp and you have time for something else between appointments.

  • Connection


    Especially at a time when everyone works from home, personal contact is important.

    Call your colleagues more often, schedule a video call or meet a colleague for a lunch walk at 1.5 meters.