We are all increasingly at risk of stress and burnout, not least because of our recent experiences of living under Covid-19 restrictions and the many challenges this has brought.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), burnout has three elements: feelings of exhaustion, mental detachment from one’s job and poorer performance at work.
Stress and burnout has a significant negative impact on our emotional wellbeing and mental and physical health, so it’s important to recognise the symptoms and get help before the problem escalates.
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The increase in home working during the Covid-19 pandemic is only making burnout problems worse.
One in three respondents to a survey blamed working from home for feelings of exhaustion, with more than half putting in longer hours since the start of coronavirus restrictions. (3)
The UK’s health and social care sectors now have the highest levels of stress-related sickness absence in the country, estimated to be 46% higher than the UK average.
Approximately 40% of all staff sickness absence in the NHS is due to work stress and costs the NHS up to £400 million per year.
It is important that this is addressed as work stress is damaging to employees and the organisation, and subsequently impacts patient care. (4)
A September 2020 survey of 1,000 adults in the UK suggested 22% have experienced job related burnout, with a slightly higher prevalence amongst men.
There are 55 million people over 16 in the UK (based on 2011 Census) meaning that as many as 12 million have suffered this. (6)
1. Work-related stress, anxiety or depression statistics in Great Britain, 2019 (hse.gov.uk).
2. Burnout and work related stress is on the rise in the UK (diversity.com).
4. Work Stress in NHS Employees: A Mixed Methods Study - MDPI www.mdpi.com