The most seasoned team leaders and CEOs know that compensation is by no means the only thing employees want from the company they work for. Ignoring this fact can lead to the creation of workspaces that are a breeding ground for burnout: a relatively common psychological problem, with effects both on the quality of life of those who suffer from it and on performance. and adaptability of the organization. .
Fortunately There are many things that can be done to prevent and overcome workplace wear and tear; here we will see the most important ones.
What is professional wear?
Burnout syndrome, also known as “burnout syndrome” or “burnout syndrome”, is a psychological disorder described in the International Classification of Diseases ICD-10, but not in as a mental disorder, but in the section “Problems Related to Coping with Life Difficulties.”
It is a form of discomfort characterized by emotional flattening, emotional fatigue and loss of motivation and satisfaction-related experiences, which is closely related to how the work context is experienced, as indicated your name. The syndrome can affect virtually any profile of a worker, although it is thought to be particularly prevalent among professional job profiles for the public and others. positions where there is frequent interaction with many people and a heavy workload: the field of health, the field of education, the field of social work, etc.
Burnout is considered to be the product of a combination of several elements: on the one hand, constant or repeated exposure to sources of stress, and on the other hand, a lack of incentives to engage in a emotional work. This causes people who suffer from burnout to feel stressed in some way and at the same time not show much interest in their work or feel unfulfilled when performing important tasks. Besides, they show some level of emotional dullness or even anhedonia (inability to fully experience pleasure or joy). They are workers who suffer from emotional exhaustion, which is different from the emotional hyperactivity and sensitivity to stimuli of those who are simply stressed and nothing more.
Useful Strategies for Overcoming Attrition at Work
As we have seen, although it is still a question of whether or not it can be considered a psychopathology, there is no doubt that the burnout syndrome is a phenomenon that must be taken into account both by companies than in the world. of mental health. That is why, for years, psychological intervention strategies have been studied and applied which, whether in the field of psychotherapy or in the field of organizations, contribute to alleviating the symptoms of this problem and to supporting those who are overcoming Burnout. In this sense, although the most effective way to end it is through personalized psychotherapeutic assistance, there are also a number of general advice to be taken into account by both the worker and the employers. Let’s see what they are.
1. Time management is essential
In some cases, the main cause of occupational burnout is simply economic and job insecurity; that is to say, the fact of being in a situation in which, to achieve the objectives, it is necessary to work too many hours, without much rest or prospect of promotion in the company in which one finds oneself. In these cases, the solution is never individual, and must change the person’s work situation.
But in many other cases, part of the problem is the worker’s mismanagement of their emotions, which often leads to poor time management at work. And it is that the burnout syndrome, due to its combination of symptoms related to stress and depressive disorders, makes the person perform better and even unable to identify what is happening or that drop in performance. .
Therefore, having time management routines in place helps a lot in breaking this vicious circle and preventing work from piling up. In this sense, it is very useful to use clear schedules and placed in a visible place and, at the same time, to apply a strategy known as “action triggers”: that the worker memorizes the beginning of a certain task by doing so at a specific time and place: “just after lunch, in the common room, I will go to my office and make the first call to a client.”
2. Mindfulness helps
Day-to-day mindfulness exercises are a very useful resource for relieving both anxiety in general and stress related to work clothes in particular. These meditation-inspired practices help the person to focus on the present moment and to adopt a more constructive perspective on the work to be done and the possibilities for professional and personal development. While the simplest mindfulness exercises can be learned in minutes on your own, the most comprehensive ones require training and assistance from an instructor.
3. It is important to offer on-the-job training programs
Some companies make the mistake of assuming that the only thing workers want is to get paid at the end of the month. But the truth is that work is another part of life, and employees see it as such; so organizations must adapt to these expectations of finding stimulating and motivating experiences in the work contextand offer workshops, courses, etc.
In the same way, workers can organize themselves to meet their needs in groups, helping to generate a good working climate and even to carry out leisure activities or personal and professional development during breaks. After all, these bonds with colleagues are also another facet of the world of work, so they can be a source of motivation and satisfaction.
4. Stop comparing yourself to others
In the world of work, it’s easy to fall into the ultra-competitive dynamic of being compared to other members of the company.. It’s a stress trap; As members of an organization, we almost never have a complete vision of our role or what we contribute to it, and if we become obsessed with it, the lack of information about it is likely to lead to the discouragement and constant stress.
5. You need to maintain a comfortable workspace
Physical discomfort translates into emotional distress. If we are used to working in a disorderly or even physically uncomfortable place, we will associate this experience with the notion of “work” as a whole, without being aware that we are generalizing from a circumstantial fact (which we do not see as such because we contribute to always staying afloat from our work routines).
that’s why both to perform better and complete all pending tasks on time and to feel better at workit is important to include in our schedule short breaks for ordering, throwing away unnecessary items (physical or digital), cleaning, etc.
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