Burnout is more than just a feeling, the World Health Organization recognizes it as an official syndrome stemming from chronic workplace stress. The always-on culture means that burnout is becoming constant across industries. Many researchers consider burnout to be a job-related stress condition or even a work-related mental health impairment
In a recent study (1) four in ten professionals admit they’re on the brink of burnout, with more than two-thirds stating that stress at work is the main contributor. Out of more than 2,000 UK professionals surveyed, 45% said they have trouble sleeping, 40 per cent suffer from negative thoughts and 39% feel exhausted. Of the professionals polled over 65% were concerned about letting their team down if they’re unwell, with a further 58% fearing they’re disappointing their employer.
When asked what causes them the most stress at work, respondents cited:
- Having to meet unrealistic targets – 31%
- Having to work long hours – 30%
- An excessively high workload – 29%
- Pressure from their manager – 27%
- Tight deadlines – 22%
Burnout is characterized by three key factors (2):
- emotional exhaustion and feelings of being depleted, overextended, and fatigued
- depersonalization (cynicism) with a negative and cynical attitude towards work
- reduced personal accomplishment (or efficacy) which involves negative self-evaluation of one’s work and a reduction of overall job effectiveness
As a company wanting to hire the best staff highlighting any services you offer that support mental health in the workplace can really help to sell your jobs to candidates and position you as an employer of choice
Adele Stickland BSc (Hons) is an inspirational Wellness in the Workplace Speaker, Coach and International Best Selling Author.
Contact Adele for wellbeing workshops that reduce stress and increase productivity within your organisation www.get-gorgeous.com/corporate
(2) Stalker & Harvey, 2002