How To Recognize Employee 'Burnout'?

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How To Recognize Employee 'Burnout'?
Stefan Ivanovic

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Stefan Ivanovic

Apr 13, 2019

If stress symptoms are not recognized in time, they can accumulate and grow into a more serious form of anxiety or depression, and as such can have significantly greater consequences for mental health.

In the 18th and 19th century, people lived with more stress, but this was not the main topic and preoccupation of people then. An increasing number of people are struggling daily with a bad mood, lack of energy and attention at work, caused by frequent stressful situations. And that’s the reality we live in today.

When there are good and fair interpersonal relationships in big companies, there is almost no chance of stress, psychologists say.

As far as not so big companies, where fewer people work, they can get to know each other very well, and therefore they can agree and are very unlikely to experience stressful situations, said a psychologist and senior human resources director at Serbian company – Hemofarm - Marina Mitić Jekić.

If a person is exposed to stressful situations on a daily basis, they will have less energy and concentration for the job they are meant to do.

If it takes a longer period of time, there is a loss of security in oneself, trust in colleagues, faith in the system and ultimately in your profession.

The professional name for this syndrome commonly known in the West is "burnout" or "burning syndrome at work."

How to recognize a burnout syndrome with an employee?

"An employee can have emotions or be indifferent. If I notice any kind of emotion, I can say they’re under stress. On the other hand, if I see indifference, I'm sure he "burned out". The advice I can give at that moment is to ask myself "Is this environment still good for me and what can I do to change it?", says Mitić Jekić.
What are the consequences of "burnout" and the rest of the body?

"Consequences are definitely - cynicism, loss of faith in good and disappointment altogether. Traumatic experiences remain within us, we can process them, and we do not have to. How long will we have the feeling of trauma depends on the person, whether someone has the ability to filter out previous events for a short period of time and continue to live well or not, ".

Is there a cure for stress?

"In addition to physical activity, listening to quality music or any other form of relaxation, a conversation with a safe and stable person who will understand our condition is a natural remedy. This includes family, emotional partner and friends, ".

Bringing work problems home is usually something to be avoided, but experts claim that it’s a lot better to actually talk to the family about the problems at work, because they will surely listen to us and find a way to relax and calm us. After all, it affects them too.

Experts concluded that mobile phones, social networks, messages, emails are an additional source of stress and that we should aim to reduce their use.

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