As the pandemic continues, burnout—defined as chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed—is becoming a bigger factor in overall mental health.1 In a recent survey, 75 percent of employees said they have experienced burnout at work, with 40 percent of them saying they’ve experienced it during the pandemic.2 On top of that, four in five employees say they feel emotionally drained from their work, an early sign of burnout.3 Battling burnout begins with understanding it’s not a self-care issue, but rather an organizational problem. Check out some do’s and dont's that can help tackle burnout among your workforce.
A FEW DO'S AND DONT'S
- 1 World Health Organization, “Burn-out an 'Occupational Phenomenon': International Classification of Diseases,” May 28, 2019.
- 2 Brie Weiler Reynolds, “FlexJobs, Mental Health America Survey: Mental Health in the Workplace,”” FlexJobs Blog, Aug. 21, 2020.
- 3 Taylor Adams, Madeline Reinert, Danielle Fritze, and Theresa Nguyen, Mind the Workplace 2021, Mental Health America, 2021.
- 4, 5, 8, 10 Jennifer Moss, “Beyond Burned Out,”” Harvard Business Review, Feb. 10, 2021.
- 6 Ashley Stahl, “What the Future of Work Means for our Mental Health,”” Forbes, Oct. 9, 2020.
- 7 Eagle Hill, “Webinar: Organizational Strategies for Battling Burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic,”” Apr. 15, 2020.
- 9 Silke Glaab, “Eliminating the Stigma Around Mental Health in the Workplace,”” Forbes, Dec. 2, 2019.