Today, millions of professionals are part of a global burnout culture. As they try to climb the career ladder, they are faced with more and more messages encouraging them to rise earlier, work harder and even sleep less. As one popular business influencer asserted, “I’m grinding while you’re sleeping,” a troubling implication that even the act of sleep is a vice.
Of course, burnout isn’t a new phenomenon — it was identified as early as 1974 — yet only as recently as May 2020 has the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially recognised burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis in its eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). It couldn’t have come at a better time, too, as stress and pressures brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic have exacerbated the problem.
The reason we should all be concerned about the culture of chronic stress is that its effects are many and far-reaching. From poor mental and physical health across the global workforce (and as a result, millions of sick days taken), to the massive tolls on productivity, burnout is a problem that impacts employer and employee alike.
So, what can businesses do to address this pressing issue? From start-ups to multinationals, there are many strategies and actionable steps companies can take to reduce employee burnout and increase employee satisfaction. In this guide, we’ll explore the most powerful ways to combat the six major causes of workplace burnout:
• workload management
• employee control
• reward and recognition
• a strong community culture
• a shared set of values
To better understand the perspectives of businesses and employees in the workplace, we surveyed business leaders and hiring managers as well as employees. The following chapters highlight our findings and suggest solutions and preventative measures to reduce workplace burnout.
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Burning the candle - strategies to combat workplace burnout includes:
- Key Statistics
- Managing workload expectations
- Giving employees autonomy and control
- Recognising results
- Creating a culture where everyone belongs
- Ensuring equal opportunities and fairness
- Talking the talk and walking the walk
- Key findings