Burnout in the workplace is something that can happen to anyone in any industry. According to an article on about health.com, there are more than a few reasons burnout can happen. Things such as unclear or impossible requirements, heavy consequences for failing, lack of personal control, and even lack of recognition can contribute to burnout. Poor communication, insufficient compensation, and poor leadership are other factors. At some point or another, most employees have experienced one or more of these factors.
How do you know if you’re experiencing burnout? Most people are aware of how they feel, but some people who try to cope can often begin to have symptoms. According to officevibe.com, these symptoms can include feeling tired or drained, getting sick frequently, no longer caring about the work, avoiding co-workers, turning to drugs or alcohol, avoiding being at the office longer than necessary, and even lacking a sense of accomplishment. When these symptoms of burnout begin to appear, productivity begins to decline.
According to Mental Health Works, there are ways companies can help their employees in an effort to avoid burnout. Taking a comprehensive approach to interventions is the best way to start. These interventions can include identifying problems and stressors in the company, planning interventions, considering health and wellness programs, and making sure to follow through. After putting new methods of helping employees to avoid burnout in place, it’s just as important to offer review sessions to make sure they are working.
An article in The Washington Post discusses how some companies are already on their way to providing the burnout proof working conditions. Take, for example, the company Evernote. They pay employees a $1,000 stipend to take an entire week off. Although the company offers unlimited vacation, the stipend gets across the message that the company does want its employees to enjoy time away from the office.
Many people may be afraid of losing their job if they feel they take too much time away from the office. Because of this, it’s important that employers understand the need for getting the message across to employees that vacation time is a good thing for both parties. When companies have both time and money invested in employees, it makes more sense to retain good employees instead of having to find, train, and retain new ones.