Are Your Employees Burning Out?

Over the next few days we’re going to take a close look at some issues regarding workplace safety. One of the first, and perhaps most important to the success of your team, is whether or not your employees are burning out.

Burnout is really a sophisticated term used to describe a psychological state of mind. It encompasses feelings of exhaustion experienced over an extended period of time and, subsequently, a loss of interest in work. Some people experience burnout when the workload is so demanding they feel as though they can no longer keep up.

So how do people become burnt out? Employees who continuously give everything they have without taking a proper break to recover (in both mind and body) usually begin to exhibit symptoms.

But here’s the catch.

Burnout isn’t instant. People don’t suddenly wake up in the morning and claim to be burnt out. It creeps up on them over a period of time and, if you’re watching, you’ll be able to recognize the warning signs and make some changes before your employees become sick or start making critical errors.

So what are some of the signs of burnout?

  • Feeling bored even though you have plenty to do.
  • Feeling unmotivated.
  • Persistent negative thought patterns.
  • Feelings of irritability, frustration, and apathy.
  • Wanting to isolate one’s self from peers.
  • Emotional exhaustion or depression.

These are, of course, only a handful of the signs of burnout in the workplace. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll be able to tell if your employees are becoming burnt out by the way they act. Take action before it’s too late!

Thanks again,

Sean

Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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