11 Feb Burnout is about your workplace, not your people
Did you know that “burnout” is now officially recognized as an “occupational phenomenon” by the World Health Organization?
It officially includes feelings of energy depletion and exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, cynicism and reduced professional efficacy. According to Stanford researchers, workplace stress leads to spending of nearly $190 billion a year — not to mention 120,000 deaths!
If you’re noticing a burnout problem in your organization or yourself, take note. Because according to Harvard Business Review, burnout is more about the workplace than the individual attitude. When employees feel they’re being treated unfairly, have an unmanageable workload, lack clarity in their roles, are under unreasonable time-pressure or feel they can’t communicate with their manager, they burn out faster. Often, that’s when recruiters like me and the others here at Prestige Scientific hear from them.
Supporting employee wellness is about a lot more than just giving them free yoga or reduced gym membership. It’s also about providing them with a workplace and role they can thrive in.
By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific, Inc.