Covid-19 burnout is a very real thing with research suggesting an increase in anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress due to the pandemic.
We would like to offer some responses to burnout that may help you as an employer or employee:
Acknowledge when times are difficult. Longer hours, job security and uncertainty have been prevalent this year so a good place to start is to acknowledge tough times.
Recognise the symptoms. Burnout can manifest itself with both physical and mental symptoms. It can go unnoticed at the beginning as a person strives to do there best with high productivity and high energy levels. However, motivation can slowly decrease, replaced with frustration and followed closely with the physical symptoms of fatigue and headaches.
Prevention is better than cure. Have prevention strategies in place – simple things like regular breaks, reasonable work hours and reasonable expectations. Drive this from the top down, so your team understands the strategies and can ask for help without fear of retribution. If you have identified a high risk person create an individual strategy to suit their needs.
Regaining control. If burnout strikes, recovering requires some help. Assessing workloads, tasks and team culture is important to provide recovery and get the whole team back on track.
We can help. Our human resources team can offer advice on procedures to help your team avoid burnout, while our occupational health team provide wellness checks to ensure your team are up the task. Call us for free no obligation advice 0800 249 7233.
This content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. For complete advice, please contact us at Compliance Partners.