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Workplace Burnout

Posted on 10th June 2019

Do you feel physically and emotionally exhausted from your job? If stressful work demands are having a knock-on effect on your well-being, happiness and life in general it’s a major concern. So much so that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently recognized the term burnout and classified it as a syndrome, “resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. WHO say that characteristics of burnout syndrome include energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance or negative feelings about your job, and lastly, reduced professional efficacy.

It’s very important that employees manage their workload and working hours, which contribute to burnout, but this requires adequate support from management, clear job expectations and fair treatment. If you are someone who is a high achiever and conscientious person, this may make you prone to burnout.

Employee burnout has a knock-on effect for employers, due to decrease in productivity, disturbances in relationships with co-workers and increased absenteeism.

Burnout can include physical and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, poor concentration, self-doubt, headaches and being more prone to infections.

Acknowledgment is the first step towards being proactive about making a change. If it’s ignored, it’s difficult to identify the causes and make positive steps to overcome them. Then speak to a co-worker or your employer about your concerns and set clear boundaries, including allowing breaks away from your desk.

Having a healthy balanced lifestyle, which includes good nutrition, regular exercise and time outdoors can help support your well-being. It’s also important to make time to do the things you enjoy and help you switch off, such as creative hobbies and spending time with friends.

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