Employee burnout is increasing in the American workforce. In fact, according to multiple studies and surveys, as much as 50% of American workers feel overworked and under appreciated in their jobs.
This is a concerning number, obviously. And definitely something worth analyzing, and addressing if need be, within your own organization.
In this post we'll define exactly what job burnout is, how your HR department can better recognize the signs, and how to best prevent it inside your workplace.
Greg is one of your company's top performers. He always arrives on time, works hard and exudes an elevated excitement for the job. You've even noticed him staying late many times over the last few months to "get ahead" and responding to emails over the weekend.
Greg seems like the perfect employee right? Maybe not…
Yes, we love hardworking, engaged team members as much as the next company. But if Greg isn't careful, he might reach a breaking point and experience staff burnout.
But before we go any further, let's make sure we're on the same page.
The term, while popular, is often misunderstood.
Burnout is more than a case of "work stress", though prolonged periods of work related stress can definitely contribute to severe burnout syndrome. Rather, it's a condition of complete mental and emotional exhaustion, loss of purpose, and an overall feeling of emptiness.
Employees can experience varying levels of burnout, which is why it can be hard to detect before it becomes a major issue. Let's discuss a few of the most common symptoms.
Being able to recognize the signs of burnout, both in the employees you manage and in yourself, is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive work environment. Employee burnout symptoms include:
It's important to note that just because an employee exhibits the above behaviors, doesn't not mean he or she is suffering from burnout. But an investigation into the situation is warranted.
Now that you have a firm understanding of what burnout really is and a few of its most common symptoms, you're probably wondering how to prevent it in your workplace, right? There are a few ways:
Burnout is a serious condition, which can affect anyone in any workplace. But by using the above mentioned tips, you'll be able to prevent it much more successfully!
If you notice any areas within your company that could be improved in regard to burnout prevention, address them right away. Your company will find much more success when its employees are happy, healthy, and excited to be a part of the team.
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