How news publishers are combating burnout with extra days off and mental health support

It was a shock to the system. In the weeks after companies moved their operations remote due to the coronavirus and the hard realization set in that this would be much more than a three-week long quarantine and distancing, a flurry of surveys went out to staffers and one-on-one meetings were set up with human resources at news media organizations, all aimed at trying to get a better understanding about how employees were faring mentally under stressful work conditions. “Our employees are our most important asset, so we always do everything we can to make sure they feel supported and that they can do their best work,” said Axios’ svp of people operations Dominique Taylor.   The common challenges of working remotely include an abundance of Zoom calls, leading to Zoom fatigue, as well as not knowing when to click out of the Slack window at the end of the day. But on top of the daily work load, there is the constant overhead gloom of the coronavirus threatening the health of individuals as well as the economy. That combined with a new series of protests tied to police brutality and institutionalized racism that are understandably weighing on people’s minds.

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