Burnout at work:
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In today’s fast-paced world, workplace burnout has become an all too common phenomenon, impacting employees across industries around the globe. As HR managers, health and safety professionals, and wellbeing champions, it’s crucial to recognise the signs, understand the causes, and implement strategies to drive real change.

At Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW), we’re dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to address this serious issue in your workplace. Let’s delve into what burnout is, why it happens, and most importantly, how you can prevent it in your workplace.

What is burnout?

Burnout isn’t just feeling tired or stressed at work; it’s a chronic state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged exposure to stressors. The most common symptoms are emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism, detachment from work, and a sense of ineffectiveness. Recognising these symptoms early on is essential for mitigating their impact.

Burnout isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that something in the system needs to change.

What are the causes?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to what causes burnout. It can stem from a variety of factors, including excessive workload, lack of control over work, insufficient support from colleagues or management, and a mismatch between personal values and organisational culture.

Understanding the root causes of burnout is the first step towards creating a healthier, more supportive work environment that can truly unleash performance and potential.

Prevention: Strategies and Solutions

Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to prevent this damaging workplace phenomenon and promote wellbeing in your workplace instead. Building leadership capability, fostering open communication, providing opportunities for career development, and promoting a culture of appreciation and recognition are just a few examples of effective strategies.

Assuming individuals can prevent and recover from burnout when the environment is toxic is like assuming your hand won’t get burnt if you leave it over the flames.  

ROW’s Expert Guidance

At ROW, we understand the complexities of combating burnout in the workplace. Our team of experts has curated a wealth of resources, including articles, webinars, and interactive workshops, designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to make a positive impact.

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