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Editorial Illustration
2020
I’ve been working from home as a freelance journalist for two years and I’m acutely aware of how my work hours have only increased in the past few months. My days have melted into nights and at one point I was waking up at 4 a.m. to answer emails because it was only afternoon somewhere else in the world. These days, when I’m not on my laptop working, I’m probably on my phone scrolling through the news or social media. But my need to be available leaves me drained and overwhelmed most of the time—there, I said it.

An analysis of user activity from business VPN service NordVPN Teams found that people in the US, the UK, France, Spain and Canada were working, on average, at least two extra hours a day since March 11, reported The Independent. This coincides with the approximate start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a survey of employees around the world, conducted by Glint, mentions of burnout had increased from 2.7% in March to 5.4% in April. This all comes in addition to older studies claiming that freelancers are at increased risk for burnout too.

Read the full article here.

Art Director: Emma Murray