How to tell if your employees are close to burnout

The World Health Organisation defines burnout as a workplace syndrome caused by stress. Read on to discover the warning signs.

First published on Thursday, Aug 13, 2020

Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019

2 min read

Are your employees stressed out? Well, they’re not alone…

In 2020-2021, 822,000 UK workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety.

The World Health Organisation states that chronic workplace stress could turn into something more serious.

They class burnout as a workplace syndrome, caused by “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

So with that in mind, it’s more important than ever that you know how to spot the signs of burnout in your employees. Let’s find out what they are.

Know the warning signs

Burnout isn’t something that happens overnight, which is why you need to know the early warning signs so that you can step in at the right time.

Common red flags include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Mental distance from work
  • Reduced productivity
  • Negative attitude towards work

It’s important that you watch out for these tell-tale signs so that you maintain a happy, healthy workforce. After all, happier, healthier staff make for a happier, healthier business.

Workplace stress is costing you a fortune

Every year, there has been an average of 5.7 million days lost each year through absences. But there’s some good news…

You can manage stress simply and effectively by putting supportive measures in place for your staff. Like making sure they have a sensible workload with clear and fair deadlines or encouraging them to take annual leave whenever they’ve had a particularly busy spell.

You could even invest in an employee assistance programme like Bright Wellbeing & Counselling. It’s a 24/7 confidential advice line that gives your people physical and mental health support.

Bright Wellbeing & Counselling also comes with face-to-face counselling so that staff can work through their problems with a trained expert.

Want to know more about how Bright Wellbeing & Counselling boosts employee wellbeing? Call 0800 783 2806.  

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