How to tell if your employees are close to burnout

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

BrightHR Team

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

Because 595,000 UK workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety last year.

And now the World Health Organisation has declared that chronic workplace stress could turn into something more serious.

The organisation recently classed 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 and productive workforce. Not to mention, a successful business…

Workplace stress is costing you a fortune 

Last year, 15.4 million working days were lost because of work-related stress.

And with staff absence costing employers £522 per employee, stress-related absence could be costing you thousands every year. 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 BrightHealth. It’s a 24/7 confidential advice line that gives your people physical and mental health support.

BrightHealth 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 BrightHealth boosts employee wellbeing? Call 1800 266 711.  

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