Since the outbreak of the pandemic, workplace burnout has been on the rise. Employees leaving the workforce or changing careers is at an all-time high. With work-life balance issues and mental health concerns, those on the verge of quitting have reached their breaking point.
With a rise in job vacancies, employee retention strategies are crucial to have in place because retaining talent will be a significant challenge in the future. Burnout is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”
As an employer, it’s important to take action to reduce burnout before it deteriorates your employees' productivity, performance, and mental health.
Employees are often reluctant to confide in their dental office manager or the practitioner about their own challenges with burnout and mental health. Consequently, they tend to carry the burden themselves and leave the symptoms of burnout untreated, which negatively impacts both their professional and personal relationships.
Some of the leading causes of burnout include:
- Unclear expectations
- Poor communication
- Being overworked and underappreciated
- Feeling the need to be constantly connected to work
- Working in a toxic environment
- Lack of support from a manager and/or coworkers
- Being micromanaged
Ignored or unaddressed symptoms of burnout can have significant consequences. With workplace burnout, many employees think taking time off work or investing in self-care is not an option as the organization cannot afford to slow down.
Consequences as a result of burnout:
- Excessive stress
- Sadness, anger, or irritability
- Vulnerability to illnesses
Burnout can have a very significant impact on organizations, which is why employers need to be aware of the substantial costs to the business. The result can be a downward spiral in individual and organizational performance. Workplace burnout can display many red flags.
Symptoms of burnout:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- Increased mental distance from one's job or feel hostile towards one's career
- Reduced professional productivity
Employers should protect employees by not turning a blind eye to these issues. Even the most talented and driven professionals experience symptoms of burnout. This is why interventions for employees feeling burnt out should be focused on improving the work-life relationship. Despite the importance of pay, money alone won't solve the entire problem. Even some of the best-paid professionals are feeling workplace burnout. How can employers help employees avoid and prevent workplace burnout?
Get Serious About Mental Health
Take proactive steps to increase mental health awareness in the workplace including:
- Making mental health training mandatory for your Managers and Supervisors
- Providing mental health coverage as a part of your health care plan
- Establishing an employee assistance program
- Openly communicating about mental health to reduce stigma
- Promoting overall well-being
Keep Tabs on Workplace Culture
There is evidence that workplace culture plays a significant role in some of the emotional and mental health issues associated with employee burnout. However, work overload isn't the only cause of employee burnout. For example, the feeling of being weary, worried, stressed, depressed, upset, fearful, or lacking a sense of community can contribute to employee burnout.
If burnout is identified, employers need to get to the root cause of why an employee is feeling burnt out. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for employee burnout. Instead, a solution needs to be found to support the employee and relieve some of the workloads. To prevent workplace stress from recurring, managers need to acknowledge their part in creating it. Your management and leadership style can play a crucial role in the prevention of workplace burnout.
Are your employees feeling burnt out? Stream Dental HR can provide resources to reduce burnout and discover how to optimize your workplace by creating a culture of well-being for all your employees.