Burnout is a serious problem that can affect all employees across a wide variety of sectors. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially added burnout to its international classification of diseases.
According to a study by Asana, approximately 75% of UK employees reported suffering from burnout in 2020.
With many employees returning to the office for the first time after the Coronavirus lockdown, employers should be aware that this can be a stressful and overwhelming time for some. The reintegration of employees into the workplace must be closely managed for success.
Burnout can make employees less productive and may even have a negative effect on morale. If burnout becomes a major issue for an organisation, it can have both finanical and reputational consequences.
Here are a few ideas you can implement to help:
Leadership must pay close attention to notice signs of potential burnout as employees may hide symptoms and remain productive. Employers should understand that burnout is a serious workplace issue and preventing it starts with leadership. It should not be seen as a reflection of work ethic or merit.