In the modern workplace, regardless of industry or geography, a few challenges are universal. One of these is the challenge of facing burnout. Burnout is a different name for a common problem, i.e. stress. However, the differentiating factor is that burnout occurs from prolonged and unmanaged stress. It is a state of emotional and mental exhaustion, which leads to physical symptoms as well.
According to a survey by FlexJobs & Mental Health America, 75% of employees report having experienced burnout at work, while 40% say that they’ve felt higher levels of burnout specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Burnout has become such a common occurrence over the past few years that the World Health Organization classified it as an occupational phenomenon, stating that it is a symptom of regular and chronic stress in professional environments.
While burnout at the workplace is not a new phenomenon, it has been exacerbated by the additional challenges posed by the pandemic. Understandably, working from home, handling one's own mental health, and the lack of socialization in an office or social environment has taken its toll on the lives of working professionals across the world. Hence, now is the time to identify and rectify the symptoms of burnout, for a healthy future. Here are a few ways to recognize and manage burnout.
As we see a cycle of lockdowns and re-opens for citizens across geographies, the stresses of daily life are on the rise. This also affects the productivity and drive of employees, leading to a loss of organizational productivity for companies as well. Burnout is a part of professional life, but that doesn't mean that the challenges it brings cannot be tackled. The tips above should help in managing burnout to a great extent. However, if the symptoms continue for a prolonged period, it may also be beneficial to talk to a trained mental health professional who can help provide guidance and a more sustainable solution to the challenges one may face.