National Safety Month – Burned Out

National Safety Month – Burned Out

National Safety Month -Burned out

Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Burned Out?

June is National Safety Month – burned out can jeopardize your safety.  Are you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed?  Have you become cynical or negative at work?  How about snapping at co-workers?  Does work feel like a drag rather than something that engages your mind?  You might be burned out.  We talk about feeling “worn out”, “fed up” or “stuck”.  The idea of feeling burned out covers most of them.

A 2020 Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees in the US found that 23% of employees feeling burned out at work “very often” or “always” and an additional 44% feeling burned out “sometimes”.

Is it Fatigue or Burnout?

Both fatigue and burnout conditions can end in a feeling of mental and physical exhaustion.  Fatigue can be caused by things from your lifestyle to environmental, whereas burnout is from prolonged periods of emotional stress and frustration and can be due to your job.

Job burnout: How to spot it

Job burnout is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.

Being “Burnout” isn’t a medical diagnosis.  Mayo Clinic Researchers point out that factors, such as personality traits and family life influences who feels job burnout.  Whatever the cause, job burnout can affect your safety, as well as your physical and mental health.

Handling job burnout – Take Action

  • Evaluate your options. Discuss specific concerns with your supervisor. Maybe you can work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Decide what must get done and what can wait.
  • Seek support. From co-workers, friends or loved ones. Support and collaboration might help you cope. And, if you have access to an employee assistance program, take advantage of relevant services.
  • Try a relaxing activity. Explore programs that can help with stress such as yoga, meditation or tai chi, or even regular exercise can help you to better deal with stress. It can also take your mind off work.
  • Get some sleep. Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your health.
  • Be Mindful. In a job setting, this involves facing situations with openness and patience, and without judgment.

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