Did you know…..
The World Health Organisation defines burnout as:
“the result of chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
Stress is the precursor to burnout. But when stress has been going on for some time, and you have been unable to deal with it, it is not your fault. We all experience stress every day. That is normal and even healthy under the right circumstances. But the type of stress that leads to burnout has not been managed properly. That might be because your problem has not been recognised, you haven’t received the right support or, you just don’t have the right tools and resources to help yourself cope.
I remember when burnout was not acknowledged, and people were embarrassed to admit that they were struggling to cope. So, it’s great to know that larger organisations in the UK have programs to help the staff deal with the chronic stress that causes burnout.
But what if you are a small company owner or perhaps are a sole trader? Then you might not have the tools or the time to help yourself. The pressure of the bottom line might overshadow your wellbeing.
When we suffer from burnout, it shows itself in several ways. Here are just some of them;
Many things can help you to avoid burnout. But you need to adopt long term changes. The sticking plaster approach will not work for long, but it can help achieve a short term quick fix. Here are some suggestions.
SSAS - Six Steps to Avoid Stress
Do you manage a team of people? Managers of employees can make a massive impact on staff welfare and their ability to cope with stress. Recognising the signs of stress in your team and reduce the likelihood of burnout.