In the digital age of computers, iPhones, tablets and Wi-Fi, it seems we are always ‘on’ when it comes to our day jobs. Emails now follow us after we get home from work, on the weekend, and even on holidays. As a result, we are seeing a concerning increase in the number of work-related burnouts.
What is a Work Related Burnout?
Stress and work related burnouts are similar concepts, however they are not entirely the same. We’re all familiar with the feeling of stress – you’re alert, energised and your brain feels like it’s on overdrive. However burnout can have the opposite effect. While it is usually a result of ongoing stress, burnout can have you:
- Feeling exhausted and feel unable to perform basic tasks
- Losing motivation in many aspects of your life, including both work and social
- Feeling unable to focus or concentrate on tasks
- Feeling empty or lacking emotion
- Losing your passion and drive
- Experiencing conflict in your relationships with co-workers, friends and family
- Withdrawing emotionally from friends and family
So What’s Being Done?
We are yet to see formal policies to limit the spill over of work into the private lives of employees. This would involve specifically creating a policy that outlines hours of the day or week when employees are not to send or receive work-related emails.
How Can Recovery Partners Help?
At Recovery Partners, we understand that prevention is better than a cure. Our Health and Wellness Program is designed to understand your corporate culture and the specific issues that need to be addressed. Our programs can help reduce the effects of burnout and subsequent absenteeism. As a result we can increase individual resilience and overall wellbeing.
If you’re interested, you can enquire online here.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW.
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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