Workplace burnout was first recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019 as an ‘occupational phenomenon’. Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have experienced a big shift in our home and working lives.
Lockdowns, working from home, money worries and isolation have contributed to high levels of anxiety in many people. In a working environment this can manifest itself in burnout.
What is burnout?
According to Mental Health UK, burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you experience long-term stress in your job, or when you have worked in a physically or emotionally draining role for a long time.
Common signs of burnout
Feeling tired or drained most of the time
Having a cynical/negative outlook
Feeling helpless, trapped and/or defeated
Feeling detached/alone in the world
Procrastinating and taking longer to get things done
Many people confuse workplace burnout with anxiety, but according to the WHO definition, workplace burnout specifically refers to ‘chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’.
It’s essential that workplace burnout is identified and managed, not only for the employee’s sake in terms of health and wellbeing, but also for employers’ productivity.
What does burnout feel like – the emotional, mental and physical signs to look out for
How to avoid workplace burnout – and the role that companies play in this
How to spot burnout triggers and symptoms
The impact of burnout on companies and individuals
Useful links and resources
Workplace burnout is incredibly damaging for both individuals and companies. But it can be avoided. If you are a professional and feel that your work-life balance is not right for you, this can be a major contributory factor in workplace burnout. Trying to work too many hours whilst juggling the rest of your life can be incredibly stressful. If that is a scenario that sounds familiar, we can help. We work with a number of enlightened employers, who can see the value of offering flexible and often part-time working to both employee and employer.