In 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised ‘burnout’ as a legitimate medical diagnosis.
61 % of workers think wellness policies are important, only a third of companies offer what is required by law to their employees.
Mental health & wellbeing has been on the agenda for most employers – even pre-Covid.
Many of these policies were geared around personal mental health issues – such as depression and anxiety – which have an impact or were exasperated by work.
According to the Robert Walters’ Burnout Guide, there are six key areas which can lead to or exasperate workplace burnout. They are:
- Unmanageable workload expectations
- Lack of autonomy and control
- Lack of recognition
- Poor company culture
- Lack of equal opportunities and fairness
- Lack of purpose
Burnout is an entirely different and recently recognised condition which, unlike other mental health issues, can be directly linked to work. As a result, employers have a crucial and central role to play in order to ensure their staff do not reach the point of burnout.