The COVID-19 pandemic is having an effect on employees - the extreme stress and fatigue is putting their mental and physical health at risk. According to a new report from employment platform Monster, there has been a 20% increase since May in workers who report they are feeling burned out.
In 2019, burnout became an official mental health concern when it was added to the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress, and left untreated, can lead to long-term health consequences, like depression, heart disease and diabetes.
Employers spend between $125-190 billion on healthcare costs associated with burnout, according to research by Harvard Business School.
Now that many employees are working from home, it has become difficult for them to not only deal with everyday isolation, but to create definitive boundaries and keep a healthy work-life balance.
A recent article on Employee Benefit News explains how employers can intervene and prevent burnout by recognizing the warning signs and establishing a healthy remote work environment. There are three critical considerations managers should take when dealing with burnout.
The more we can calm the nervous system and provide security, the better off people are going to perform. Ensure your team has clearly outlined roles and responsibilities. If the lines are blurred, that’s when people will overwork or underperform. Ensuring that there's very clear outlined goals and expectations will help workers feel secure in their job environment.
We live in a world of technology, and there are some great tools that allow us to track our wellness, like FitBit or Woop. Those apps provide a level of connectivity tracking, whether it's steps or calories burned. They can also act as a community engagement platform, where you can do an activity challenge with your coworkers. It creates opportunities for community and holds people accountable.