One in three working people said they were spending more time outside contracted hours doing core work activities.
Preventing burnout must start at the workplace by creating a good organisational culture. This comes as the Guardian shared that more than half of workers in England and Wales report work is becoming more intense. IOSH provide some tips to help prevent burnout
Managers and supervisors can:
• Create open channels of communication and ask workers what they need.
• Be aware of workloads and time pressures placed on workers and ensure they are realistic and achievable.
• Provide workers with support where it is needed, give workers deserved recognition for their outputs.
Also, it’s important to encourage workers to maintain a good state of physical and mental health.
Dr Ananta Dave, the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ lead for wellbeing and retention, said: “Burnout is not considered a mental illness but can seriously impact mental health and lead to more prolonged mental health problems when not treated appropriately.”
Dave added: “People who are concerned about burnout should be able to seek help at work from their staff health and wellbeing service, line manager or occupational health team. Alternatively, they can talk to their GP about the support that is available.
steps to improve mental health can include:
• a regular exercise regime
• good nutritional diet
• limiting alcohol consumption
• and the use of meditation apps.
It is important to remember that we’re not trying to fix the worker but rather the working situation and how the worker reacts to it, however to educate others in how to deal with mental health and mental health awareness we offer Mental Health England Mental Health Courses including Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aid
Learn more about the factors contributing to burnout from Emily Dugan’s article:
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