Everyone has a bad day here or there, maybe even a bad week. When there are more bad days at work than good, it is time to take a hard look at the situation.
Burnout is a cumulative effect and can creep up on you if you are not cognizant of the warning signs. It usually occurs when underestimating stress or working too long without adequate time off. When one works overtime, they tend to neglect their outlets for relieving stress, including spending time with family and friends, hobbies, reading for pleasure, or exercise.
When a person experiences burnout, all of their relationships suffer. As relationships breakdown, the person experiencing burnout begins to feel even more stress.
The best way to prevent burnout is to recognize the most common signs. Knowing the common and personal signs of burnout is important:
• A feeling of dread during the workweek and on Sunday night
• Performing work on autopilot
• Physical and mental exhaustion
• Frequent colds or illnesses
• Feeling annoyed by everything and everyone
Burnout can be attributed to half of all employee turnover, making it very costly for organizations within all industries. The top contributors to burnout include unfair compensation, increasing workloads, and too much overtime. Other contributors include poor management, lack of connection to the role, and company culture.
Recognizing the signs of burnout in yourself and in your teams can help increase satisfaction and retention. Fostering a culture that supports staff and allows for open communication can help relieve stress and the potential for burnout.