One in four workers asked in a Gallup survey of 7,500 full-time employees say they are always burned out on the job, and 44% say they feel burned out some of the time.
Sugar Land business consultant Joshua M Evans says it’s bad for employers because they’re not getting the best of their staff and it’s bad for those workers because they are at higher risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes, heart conditions, stomach issues, and even premature death. It’s a lose-lose.
He says those individuals need to focus on the positive aspects of their jobs that make them feel more energized and confident. To battle burnout he suggests recognizing the difference between getting in a groove and being in a rut. Sometimes just changing up routines can help. Evans says while working people frequently take a break from their computer screen to look at their phone screen. “Take a walk,” he suggests.“Have some human interaction.”
The top reasons Gallup found for on-the-job burnout were unfair treatment at work, having to meet unreasonable deadlines with an unmanageable workload, a lack of support from managers, and that unending stream of relentless emails that continue 24-7 and expectations of responses.
Evans strongly recommends everyone accept that it is productive to admit when you’re feeling under pressure or you feel overwhelmed, and says the earlier the better, before illness strikes.