• Anne Ward

Preventing Burnout At Work


Participation in meaningful work is good for mental health and wellbeing. When people experience positive work engagement, they experience motivation and energy at work, a strong sense of involvement and accomplishment. Employee engagement provides benefits for employers and employees in terms of productivity, job satisfaction, workplace culture and morale. Under stress, people can generally maintain high levels of performance for short periods. However, prolonged, high stress can result in overload. This can ultimately affect wellbeing, performance and morale.

Burnout could be thought of as being at the opposite end of the spectrum to engagement. Burnout is a psychological condition that emerges over time as a response to chronic job-related stress. It is characterised by overwhelming exhaustion, negative feelings and disengagement, feelings of low accomplishment and ineffectiveness. Physical signs of burnout include frequent headaches or muscle pain, lowered immunity, changes in sleep and appetite.

 

Workplace risk factors