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
|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 common||Emotional 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 Stress||Bad Stress|
|Going on a first date||Being in debt|
|Playing a video game||Any form of abuse|
|Playing a sport||Serious health problems|
|Working on a creative project||Serious relationship issues (familial, romantic or spousal)|
6 Signs of Burnout
Employees that feel mentally or physically drained over a long period of time.
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.
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