We often hear the word “burnout” but what does it really mean to people? Burnout is a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped. Merriam-Webster defined it as exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually due to prolonged stress or frustration. In many cases, burnout is related to one’s job.
Job burnout or employee burnout is a special type of work-related stress. It is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. According to Mayo Clinic, it is not a medical diagnosis. It can be prevented and it should start today.
With the rapid increase of employees suffering from burnout. Employers are instituting an employee burnout prevention program. It is imperative to teach employees specific skills and methods to prevent stress build-up. Employees need to set healthy expectations and boundaries for themselves as well.
A burnout prevention program helps employees understand job-related burnout. Prevent the problem before it can become severe.