Burnout is a medical diagnosis and it is what two-thirds of workers is experiencing. And the situation with the global pandemic doesn’t help at all. It just makes things worst because new challenges appear making workers more prone to experience burnout at work.
Facing burnout epidemic
Burnout is like epidemic and should be solved immediately to avoid any further harm to the mental wellness of workers. The ones that should be responsible are those who are at the top such as business owners and leaders. They are responsible to take actions and set the tone for others to follow. So here are some tips for business owners and leaders to prevent burnout epidemic in the workplace:
Put the problem into perspective
To be able to find the right solution, it is a must to recognize the problem first. Not all workers are open to talk with their employers about their current situation. Also, not all employers or business owners are aware of the signs of burnout. Some even chalk it up to pandemic fatigue, thinking it will pass as things get back to normal. However, burnout is serious epidemic that can lead to depression. It also impact the business due to decreasing productivity because burned-out workers are most likely to take a sick day or hunt another less-stressful job.
Comprehend the situation better
Burnout can also affect employees in other ways such as experience low morale, feel detached, always dissatisfied with their performance, as well as demonstrate a lack of commitment to their own work. Some of them even exhibit cynicism, report for being treated unfair by the company, believe they carry unimaginable workload, etc. When those happen to your business, you need to try to comprehend everything better from the root. Dig deeper to the issue to find whether it’s all real or perceived. Identify the core causes and address them immediately to find the best solution.
Provide the right support
Give your employees the right support and encouragement to take care of their own mental wellness such as by providing them behavioral healthcare. It helps them deal with their personal and professional stresses. It helps them establish appropriate boundaries, develop healthy coping mechanism, work through challenges, and make necessary lifestyle changes. Encourage your employees to take advantage of this mental healthcare because it helps them prevent and deal with their physical and mental health problems better.
Put more effort to support your employees
Even if many business owners and leaders recognize burnout epidemic, not all decide to take action because they think a lot about the roadblocks such as the cost, access, and how to eliminate the stigma. Reevaluate the plans and consider investing in more affordable tele-health options. Then, improve access by providing tele-behavioral health benefits. As to eliminate the stigma of how mental health diagnose is viewed as shame or embarrassment, increase privacy and convenience for example by providing virtual therapy so your employees can participate from their own home when they feel the most comfortable.