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Chill Pill – What Burnout is and How to Avoid it

Striving to utilize one’s potential to the fullest to not compromise on one’s gift is accomplishment goals. However, sometimes, there’s such a thing as working too hard to the point of exhaustion. If you constantly work without a break, you’re more than likely to ‘burn out’.

This state of exhaustion will not only affect your physical well-being but also your emotional stability as well as professional productivity.

However, this is just one side of the story: if you’re a business owner, burnout can also affect how often you have to bring in new resources on the workforce.

In a study conducted by management software company Kronos incorporating executive development firm Future Workplace, revealed that 95% of employers think that burnout contributes to a decline in productivity which adversely affects employee retention.

However, acknowledging burnout is only a small part of the problem. The real tough task is identifying the causes triggering the burnout in the first place. According to the same study, there are three factors that are the most common cause of burnout:

  1. An unreasonable workload.
  2. Long hours.
  3. Unfair pay.

Apart from these, many managers also cited bad corporate culture in the workplace (amongst others) as causes that contribute to burnout as well.

Many HR personnel were interviewed in the course of this study as well. They revealed that not having up-to-date tools and resources at the company also led to burnout because many companies slack in updating their technology at regular intervals meaning that their workforce has to put in extra effort.

Burnout is looking like one of the biggest challenges of the year 2017 because as more workplaces are realizing the importance of kicking back and relaxing, they’re taking significant steps to retain their employees in a market that is flooded with more employers than employees on a good day.

Thus, employers are shifting towards realizing the importance of benefits and letting employees relax either in the form of work-free weekends or proper vacations. Now it is up to employees to understand the importance of their own mental health and to keep themselves from burning out in order to make sure that they don’t just provide their work with short bursts of productivity but rather a constant stream of acceptable work to keep the wheel turning.

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