What is Burnout Syndrome?
The burnout syndrome has become an increasingly major and costly issue that affects the employees of many organizations. Many Employee Assistance Programs and counseling programs have been initiated by organizations to counter the problem of burnout. As such, work lost to depression and other job stress costs the US organizations, an estimated $ 300 billion per year.
Burnout syndrome is the mental, physical, and emotional effect of stress experienced by any employee of an organization and lowers the overall employee productivity. It is more like a pathological reaction to stress, which is caused at a work place resulting in lower efficiency and productivity. Many a times, work stress affects an employee’s personal life as well.
The first sign of a burnout syndrome is frustration, which becomes chronic at a higher stage leading to fatigue, depression, and loss of efficiency. The early stage of burnout syndrome is when the victim loses his/her initial charm and works just for the sake of working and not because she/he enjoys his/her work or life anymore.
Gradually, the victim becomes sluggish and can face an increase in the number of absences at work. Many people try to cope with burnout syndrome by over sleeping. However, eventually this syndrome begins to affect the immune system - making sufferers prone to colds, headaches, weakness and other health issues.
Fortunately, by taking care of a few simple and cost effective steps, organizations can avoid or mitigate the impact of the burnout syndrome. To help the employee, it is first necessary to ascertain the causes of employee burnout so that they can be eliminated. The next section takes a look at this.