World Health Organization Considers Employee Burnout a Diagnosable ConditionDecember 2, 2019
Anytime an employee feels overwhelmed by an unmanageable workload, unreasonable deadlines, a lack of appreciation from management, and a general lack of work-life balance, they are at risk for employee burnout. Too often employers have unreasonable expectations of their employees, leaving them feeling exhausted, stressed, and emotionally drained. This can affect their job performance, as well as their physical health. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that employee burnout caused by ongoing workplace stress is now considered a diagnosable condition. Recognizing the common signs of employee burnout can help employers intervene and prevent burnout-related injuries.
What is Employee Burnout?
According to WHO, burnout is a syndrome that occurs when chronic workplace stress is not managed effectively. It is characterized by the following three factors:
- Lack of energy
- Feelings of negativity or cynicism about one’s job
- A lack of confidence in one’s ability to do their job well
WHO points out that these feelings do not necessarily apply to other aspects of a person’s life, and that they are specific to their job. Currently, there are no Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations in place that require workplace policies to specifically address employee burnout. Unfortunately, recent studies show that employee burnout can have a negative impact on many aspects of workplace performance and safety. For example, an employee who is suffering from burnout may be less aware of their surroundings and fail to follow workplace safety protocols. This can create stress among fellow employees and cause the worker to fall behind. In extreme cases, this can result in the misuse of heavy machinery, which can cause devastating injuries and fatalities.
How to Prevent Burnout
The best way to prevent employee burnout is by identifying workers who may be suffering from burnout and incorporating effective intervention techniques. The following are common signs of employee burnout that employers should be aware of:
- Trouble concentrating
- Low morale
- Drug or alcohol use
- Workplace incidents with other employees
To prevent burnout, employers should create a positive work environment where workers feel comfortable talking about work-related stress. Employers should also offer ongoing training and support, as well as employee assistance programs and paid time off to recharge. If a worker has specific safety concerns, make sure that they know how to report any work-related injuries or illnesses. According to OSHA, an employer may not retaliate against an employee for reporting a safety issue, injury, or illness.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Employee Burnout
If you or someone you know suffers from employee burnout, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Too many workers suffer from this preventable syndrome that can have a serious impact on a worker’s ability to perform their job. We will walk you through the claims process and address all of your questions and concerns. Our skilled legal team will obtain the maximum financial benefits you deserve, including medical expenses, lost wages, and any other costs related to your injury. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.