Employee Burnout: How to reduce work-related stress
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. Those experiencing burnout may not be able to see a future with positive change in their situation.
Excessive work-related stress can feel like you’re drowning in responsibilities, whereas burnout is a sense of being all dried up.
As a manager, you can ask yourself the following questions about a team member you may be concerned about:
Are they frequently work late?
Do co-workers often ask this person for help? And does this person always oblige?
Do they allow their schedule to be filled with back-to-back meetings without allowing time for goal-directed work?
Are they taking breaks or have buffers between things in their schedule?
Do they tend to work until their work is done?
There are a series of signs and symptoms of burnout to look out for:
Behavioural signs and symptoms of burnout
- Withdrawing from responsibilities.
- Taking out frustrations on those around you.
- Skipping work.
- Being late for work or necessary appointments.
- Isolating from others.
- Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done.
- Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope.
Physical signs and symptoms of employee burnout
- Feeling tired or drained most of the time.
- Lowered immunity, frequent illnesses.
- Frequent headaches or muscle pain.
- Change in appetite or sleep habits.
Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout
- Sense of failure and self-doubt.
- Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated.
- Detachment, feeling alone in the world.
- Loss of motivation.
- Increasingly cynical and negative outlook.
- Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ under UK law to protect employees’ health, safety and welfare. Employers must also assess the risks of workplace hazards, including work-related stress.
How to reduce stress and risks of employee burnout in the workplace?
Poor mental health collectively costs UK employers up to £56 billion each year. Preventing stress in the workplace begins with education. Whether a small company or large corporate employer, providing mental health training for your workforce should be considered.
At Onebright, alongside training and consultancy, we offer board-level reporting on insights, trends and risks for your organisation and workforce screening to identify problems with employees’ mental health before they happen. This helps you put a complete safety net in place.
Most training providers are training-only companies, well-being specialists or large groups that cover the whole of healthcare. Onebright is differentiated as we are true experts in mental health. We purposefully choose not to dilute our expertise by expanding to other health services, making us a niche in the market.
At Onebright, we work with mental health clinicians who are experts in occupational mental health. The specific expertise of our trainers inspires trust, encourages open dialogue around mental health and effectively upskills an employer’s ability to support issues with mental health in the workplace.