What is burnout?
Occupational burnout, also called burnout syndrome or syndrome of being burned at work, is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that is linked to the workplace, the stress caused by work and the employee's lifestyle. It can have very serious consequences, both in the physical and psychological sphere. It is also a problem that, according to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, is increasing, in Spain 59% of employees refers to having a high level of work stress.
burnout symptomst include:
-Feeling of constant tiredness and exhaustion
-Indifference or detachment towards work and responsibilities
-Low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness
-Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
-Changes in appetite and sleep
How to prevent it?
Preventing burnout is important to maintain the health and well-being of workers. Here are some measures that can help prevent burnout:
- Set Boundaries: Setting clear boundaries around work hours, assigned tasks, and performance expectations can help prevent work overload.
- Learn to delegate: Learning to delegate tasks and responsibilities to others can help reduce your workload and improve your work-life balance.
- Take regular breaks: Taking regular breaks, whether it's a lunch break, mid-day break, or vacation, can help reduce stress and improve efficiency.
- Strengthen interpersonal relationships: Strengthening interpersonal relationships in the workplace can provide a more positive work environment and social support.
- Promote a healthy work environment: Promoting a healthy work environment that values a work-life balance, encourages diversity and inclusion, and reduces psychological stresses will make the worker less likely to develop burnout.
- Provide support resources: Providing support resources, such as career guidance and counseling or mental health care programs, can help workers manage stress and prevent burnout.
It is also important that both companies and institutions, as well as individuals, be aware of burnout symptoms in order to intervene in a timely manner.
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