5 major causes of burnout at work
Human beings are not designed to work like machines where
you can run continuously and accurately predict output as
long as you maintain it. So why does burnout happen?
Stress of Workload
This stress is due to too much work, too little time,
uninteresting work, and not clear about what to do.
Sometimes employees juggle multiple tasks which have deadlines.
Other reasons for stress can come from:
Long work hours leading to fatigue
- Have to work harder because of a lack of appropriate skills
- Poor work-life balance
Doing monotonous work day after day
Lack of Support and Mistreatment
At times getting bullied in the office, conflicts with colleagues,
and superiors constantly criticizing or micromanaging your work
only contributes to the job stress.
While working on a project, sometimes team members do not
cooperate. This results in not being able to complete the
given tasks on time, which further delays the project and also
be the reason for missing deadlines.
Sometimes unfair policies, favoritism by superiors, lack of compensation, and work going unnoticed are the main reasons why employees experience a high level of burnout.
Improper Planning and Resource Management
Are there any discussions about proper plans for the jobs on hand?
After assigning the project, it is essential to discuss and create
a plan on how to handle and work on the given tasks. In the
absence of instructions and proper training, employees start
feeling stressed out, increasing exhaustion to complete the work.
Are there enough resources available to do the work?
If not, are the employees working extra hours making up for it?
For example, during covid, the healthcare sector had a
limited supply of medicines while handling an increasing
number of patients. This inadequate supply had created an
additional burden and stress on the doctors and the nurses.
As a result, many healthcare workers left their job.
Poor communication and leadership:
Often management applies pressure to complete tasks by deadline.
The constant pressure to complete the work in a given period
will impact the most optimistic employees.
Being unclear about ones roles and responsibilities
for a task, will delay the deadlines and increase burnout.
Inability to disconnect:
There is a constant interruption from the workplace during
remote work through emails, text messages, and phone calls.
This work-related communication creates constant pressure to
complete the work, and employees cannot concentrate on personal
activities or family life.