It’s okay to take a break. – Burnout is real!
Stress can deter us from being fully focused and doing our best work even on our best days. Too much stress can lead to burnout, disengagement, more sick days, and strained relationships in the workplace.
In the time of COVID-19, it’s never been more critical for businesses to address the mental well-being of their teams, as burnout is on the rise: More than half of workers say they’re experiencing burnout, up from 43% last year, and 80% of them say the pandemic has taken a toll, according to a 2021 survey by job site Indeed.
In response, millions of people have quit their jobs, in what’s been dubbed the Great Resignation. That has contributed to a labour shortage of 11 million jobs, which has left the workers who remain juggling even more work, especially in industries like hospitality and retail.
Signs of Burnout:
- Feeling disconnected from your work
- You’re struggling or not bothered to stick to your routine
- Brain fog
- Physical and emotional exhaustion
10 ways to combat work burnout:
- being aware of the signs and symptoms
- make time to rest and recover
- share your workload and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed
- focus on creating healthy workplace habits that prioritise both physical and mental health
- learn some effective coping skills that can help you deal with pressure and adversity.
- staying active and regular exercise is a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress
- switch off from work when you get home
- have a support system – someone you can talk to when you’re feeling stressed
- understand the demands of your environment and think about what resources you need available to cope with them
- take the time to connect with your value, meaning and importance of your work