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Tackling Post COVID-19 Employee Burnout

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Tackling Post COVID-19 Employee Burnout

Many things have transpired throughout the world in the past few months. COVID-19 has sent many people into turmoil, leaving them to wonder if their lives will ever be normal again. According to reports, about 25 percent of workers in the U.S. are experiencing burnout as a result of the virus. 

The stress condition that usually affects those in the workplace is being worsened by the insecurity brought on by the virus. Even many of those who work from home are staying in their pajamas all day because they’re too paralyzed by stress to get dressed.  

Many employees are facing burnout from the stresses and anxiety associated with COVID-19. Here are a few things to consider that could help your workers make it through these troubling times: 

Why should you tackle COVID-19 burnout?

Burnout can have both mental and physical consequences for your workers. Burnt out employees are typically less aware of their surroundings, which makes them more susceptible to workplace accidents. A recent study also discovered that the higher stress levels from burnout could make workers up to 20% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a heart condition accompanied by a quivering or quickened heartbeat. 

Other symptoms of burnout include depression, anger, irritability, and anxiety, any of which could result in issues of safety and productivity. 

How can employers help their workers to mitigate the symptoms of burnout?

Companies should be proactive and have policies and processes in place as they navigate the crisis. One of the first things they can do is to allow their workers with burnout to take control of their situation.  

Giving workers more flexibility in their schedules, communicating with them about managing their workloads, and regularly checking in with them will help each employee to feel as if they are being supported and in control of their work lives. Providing these regular updates concerning work and company policy can also help your workers to feel engaged, and it will ease much of the anxiety they are feeling right now. 

Make sure all the leaders of the company are on board and maintaining communication with the workers. Organizations should have a well-defined return-to-work strategy that’s already been developed. And any plan should include the opportunity for workers to express their concerns.   

Talk to them about self-care.

Make sure your workers are taking their breaks throughout the day. Even brief moments of disengaging their minds can be beneficial. Suggest ways they can use their longer breaks to de-stress, such as taking a walk, stretching, or deep breathing. Thinking about something other than the coronavirus or work will help to offset the effects of burnout. 

Let us help you as you return to normal operations!

We can provide you with a variety of staffing solutions. Contact Pro Resources for the light industrial or technical/professional help you need. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, so we will use our expertise to help you find your next worker.