Workplace Burnout: 6 Ways of Identifying that you are Heading for BurnoutStatistics show that most companies are facing a workplace burnout crisis. A recent study on 7500 employees by Gallup found that about two thirds of employees experience burnout during their career.
The findings were as follows;
What is burnout?
Burnout happens when a person is emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted after suffering from prolonged stress. Contrary to belief, burnout is not merely the normal body's response to challenging jobs.
Scientifically, there's mounting evidence that shows that burnout has adverse effects on the body and mind.
Unlike in the past, the corporate and scientific worlds are starting to take note of the phenomena that is affecting masses. Research to understand the problem better has been instrumental in finding solutions to deal with the problem.
The good news is that there are indicators, to show if someone is heading in the burnout direction. Statista reports that at least 65% of those that have reported feeling burnout report some signs and symptoms. Read on to see how you can identify the start of the problem.
Telltale signs of burnoutConstant illnesses
Burnout can have a significant effect on your health, according to research. Burnout suppresses your body's defences against illnesses, making you more susceptible to constant viral infections such as colds and flu.
If you're asthmatic, you might also start experiencing more asthmatic attacks. Severe stress releases histamine, which is a common asthma trigger. Other likely health issues resulting from chronic stress are;
Always feeling drained
It's okay to feel tired after a long day's work. However, if you start feeling drained every single second of your day, then there's a problem.
Things, like getting out of bed, or doing simple tasks at work, may start making you feel like you’re climbing M.t. Everest. You might also start feeling trapped, and like you have no power over anything in life, be it at work or home.
Loss of motivation
Feeling exhausted mentally and physically all the time can make you lose motivation. Everyone has something that drives them to achieve their goals, such as;
When the desire to achieve your goals starts diminishing this may indicate that you’re heading for burnout. Lack of motivation can hinder productivity, which can affect your overall performance.
Negative coping mechanisms
It's not unusual for people going through burnout to look for an escape route. Please note that the employee here is not looking to become an addict, but rather to use the substances to cope. Research shows that there's a strong link between burnout and unhealthy lifestyle choices like alcohol or drug abuse.
What most people don't know at this point is that relief from drugs and alcohol is only temporary. As you continue using these substances, your body builds tolerance and starts to demand more, leading to addiction.
In other words, long-term use of these substances alters chemicals in the brain, leading to dependency. As you may know, addiction to drugs and alcohol can have adverse effects on your body. Here's research to show the impact of substance abuse on the abuser. As well as the challenges with addition, you often start the next day groggy which makes being productive at work even harder.
Do you prefer to be alone these days? Sometimes, you might need space from a particular person if you feel like they've wronged you.
However, preferring to distance yourself from family, friends or colleagues for no reason isn't normal. Ask yourself the following questions, to know if there's a problem.
Cynicism and negative emotions
Are you starting to lose your once high self-esteem? Do you criticise yourself and those around you from time to time?
Burnout can turn you into a pessimist that is incapable of seeing anything good anything in life. Watch out for the negative emotions because they might cause strained relationships at work, home and social circles.
The effects of work-related burnout don't just stop at work. The problem spills into your daily life, affecting relations with your family, friends and colleagues.
The good news is that you can tell when you're headed for burnout and avert the situation. Look out for things like constant illnesses, lack of motivation, cynicism, distancing, and negative coping mechanisms.
Employers and employees should be on the lookout for workplace burnout, to arrest the problem before it gets out of hand. Sometimes, it's easier for someone else to notice that an employee, colleague or boss is going through a hard time at work than it is for the person to notice.
There are simple strategies that you can include to manage burnout and prevent it from happening in the workplace. To find out more or organise a free health strategy call to see if you would benefit from the Break Free from Burnout program please contact me on ProfLiz@lincnutrition.com.au or 0434635090
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Acknowledgment: Carrie Eve Writer