6 Signs Your Employees Are Burnt Out

26th August 2022

In our latest article, we discuss 6 signs for your organisation’s HR team to watch out for that tell them their employees are burnt out.

Only 23% of UK employees said that employers had an adequate plan in place to recognise and prevent chronic stress in their employees. This isn’t good enough, far from it.

The Difference Between Stress and Burnout

Stress Burnout 
Engagement levels are unsustainably high Engagement levels are unsustainably low (disengaged) 
Overreaction to situations Reactions are muted
Can be a cause of death in physically healthy people Life can seem pointless, a nihilistic approach may emerge 
Lower energy levels than usual Lower motivation levels than usual 
Physical damage is most commonEmotional damage is most common 
Anxiety issues may appear The person may become detached from work as well as being depressed 
There is a ‘way out’ by completing all tasks There is no visible ‘way out’, completing all tasks will not help the situation 

The Difference Between Good Stress and Bad Stress 

Good StressBad Stress 
Going on a first dateBeing in debt 
Playing a video gameAny form of abuse 
Playing a sportSerious health problems 
Working on a creative project Serious relationship issues (familial, romantic or spousal) 


6 Signs of Burnout

Excessive tiredness 

Employees that feel mentally or physically drained over a long period of time. 

Frequent illness 

This can be a sign of an immune system that isn’t functioning properly due to burnout. 

External, unhealthy coping mechanisms

Drinking alcohol, smoking or ‘comfort eating’. 

Lashing out at others

This can be a particularly worrying sign for someone who is usually reserved and relaxed. 

Isolation and withdrawal 

Avoiding colleagues, finding excuses to be alone, not participating in conversations. 


Struggling to concentrate for short amounts of time or shorter than usual. 

If you’d like to see how Trickle can help recognise and prevent employee burnout, get in touch with our team to book a short 20 minute demo. Alternatively, you can trial Trickle absolutely free.

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