Burnout is a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common in the workplace. Characterized by employees feeling mentally and physically exhausted, burnout in the workplace is on the rise, with 44% of respondents of a recent Gallup study feeling burned out. Burnout is extremely serious and is impacting individuals’ mental and physical health. There are a few societal factors that contribute to burnout including the 24-hour work-life, overloading, and the unreliable nature of jobs in the 21st century.
If you or someone you know has burned out at work, don’t give up hope – here are four ways to bounce back and thrive.
Define Your Values
Although workplace culture is responsible for a large percentage of workplace burnout, many individuals are unable to cope with the pressures of work due mostly to the standards they perceive they are being judged by. Many of us try to live to unobtainable standards, and it’s these internal standards that can cause us to over-work and stress in the workplace.
It is essential that you define a set of realistic intrinsic values that are personal to you. If you are working to the ideals and standards of others, your stress may become unbearable. It is essential that you put aside some time to think about your career and what actually matters to you: rather than operating in a manner you believe others want you to operate in, write down your personal goals and ambitions and develop your ideas from there. It is also worthwhile considering writing a journal, which has been shown to help in relieving stress and allowing you to see a situation with enhanced clarity.
The standard treatment for an individual suffering from burnout includes resting and therapeutic intervention. It may seem challenging to approach an individual in the workplace in regards to your burnout, but if this is the case then it could be worthwhile visiting your GP or local doctor for a diagnosis. Then, you can broach the subject with ease – and with the weight of a doctor’s note – in the workplace. The most common signs of burnout include:
- Stomach pain
- Intestinal and digestive difficulties
- A lack of energy
- Reduced performance
- Difficulty concentrating
It is important to remember that in addition to a hiatus from work, it is advised to seek therapy to help you manage work-based stress in the future. If this is not possible, consider a wise friend or family member who will be able to advise you in regards to your emotional state. It is important that you feel you can share your emotions with someone at this difficult time.