Most employees have experienced some level of stress at work with; never-ending workloads, extreme deadlines, being pulled in multiple directions, but when it crescendos and becomes debilitating, it has another name; burnout.
According to the Mayo Clinic, burnout is defined as a condition experienced by workers and other professionals where they develop depression-like symptoms due to aspects of their job. Although burnout is not a medical diagnosis, it can and does affect employees' mental health.
There are three main employee burnout signs to watch for::
These symptoms refer primarily to your workplace or job. For example, if you are experiencing frustration with coworkers and struggling to complete simple tasks related to your job, there is a strong possibility you are experiencing burnout.
Most workers are not alone in experiencing burnout; according to a survey by Deloitte, 77% of respondents experience employee burnout at their current job. Workplace burnout is an endemic problem, with more and more employees reaching the point of exhaustion. A recent Gallup poll found that 23 percent of employees experience burnout at work very often or always, while 44 percent experience it sometimes. While the number of employees experiencing burnout continues to grow, it's essential to spot the signs of employee burnout.
It is essential to recognize that all employees feel workplace stress at some point. However, symptoms of burnout caused by work-related stress are different and may need a closer examination to understand the causes. Recognizing these employee burnout signs is essential not only for individual employees but also for organizations. Recognizing these symptoms can help individuals and organizations act before symptoms get too severe, resulting in employee retention issues leading to revenue losses due to lack of performance.
According to Stanford researchers, these symptoms and other workplace-related stressors led to $190 billion spent in health costs and resulted in nearly 120,000 deaths each year. Burnout has a tangible impact on the employees, impacting businesses' bottom line. Findings from the APA estimate that workplace stress costs the U.S. economy more than 500 billion dollars and 550 million workdays are lost due to pressure on the job each year. Employers need to understand and address the core reasons that lead to burnout.
Burnout does not happen overnight to employees. Several reasons can cause burnout, and it is usually a few combined. Unfortunately, it may be hard for employers to self recognize these reasons, so it is crucial to create a dialogue with employees to understand what may be contributing to burnout.
Understanding the causes of burnout helps employers know how to deal with burnout in the workplace and prevent it further. Each employee may have different reasons for burnout, but there will be commonalities as some of these will be because of systemic issues within a company or particular teams.
Rates of employee burnout continue to increase year over year as the pace of work and life speeds up. Therefore, it is more important than ever for employers to address this issue as employees look for new jobs and opportunities at companies where these issues are being addressed and solved. If not, businesses and leadership will continue to be impacted by costs of recruiting new employees and lower performance among their current employees resulting in lower revenues and output.
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