With today’s hectic lifestyle, people are more at risk for Burnout. Knowing what to look for can help you detect the needs of your team and implement corrective action and prevent a harder impact. According to Dr. Alpa Shah, a Marshfield Clinic psychiatrist, “Most jobs involve some stress,” she said. “Burnout happens when you feel you have no control over your work, feel isolated at work and don’t have enough time for other meaningful activities because work takes up so much of your time and effort.”
These situations are more common in service professions such as Healthcare, Police, Firefighters, social workers, lawyers, customer service. Doctors have the highest burnout rates, with more than 50 percent experiencing at least one symptom, Said Dr. Shah.
Long hours, repetitive work, taking work home, feeling undervalued and lack of control over how the job is done are a few of the major causes that actively contribute to burnout.
According to US News, Nearly half of all U.S. physicians – 49 percent – meet the definition for burnout, compared with 28 percent of other U.S. workers, a Mayo Clinic survey found. Nurses and other clinicians suffer as well. A 2007 study found that 24 percent of intensive care nurses and 14 percent of general nurses experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, the academy reported. Approximately 400 doctors commit suicide each year, twice the rate of the general U.S. population, studies show. Health care workers who suffer from burnout are also more difficult for colleagues to work with and may pose a risk to their patients, experts say.
"Some organizations have begun work to address clinician burnout on their own, but we know that this is a complex problem that no single solution is going to fix," said initiative co-chair Darrell G. Kirch, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, said in the statement.
PayScale Human Capita suggests that team leaders pay attention to 5 reasons that can lead to Burnout.
Overwork - Having too much work to do is the most obvious cause of job burnout, if your team is continually asked to do more work than they are capable of on time and with high standards, they are at risk of career burnout.
Low Job Satisfaction – Without positive feelings toward a good mood at work or if the job is not a good fit the risk is highly increased. It is best to have a balance. Workers feel safe about their jobs when they know their work is meaningful and that their efforts fuel progress.
Negative Workplace Dynamics - It does not matter whether the negative dynamics happen between co-workers or if they stem from the boss. If the office is a stressful environment and a difficult place to be, people will eventually burnout and chose to work somewhere else.
Long hours, and less time “unplugged” from work – In today’s rat race, workers feel a need to respond to emails, or even text messages, after-hours. This practice has more negative consequences than may be obvious at first. Over time, these kinds of habits chip away at work-life balance, and that can lead to career burnout
Lack of autonomy - Burnout is more likely to take hold when workers feel they do not have the authority to make decisions about how to complete tasks.
Independently of the motivation, Performetric’s solution helps you to monitor mental fatigue and burnout risk in a non-intrusive way that helps not to contribute to stress levels and gives team leaders the tools to intervene early and prevent major problems.