During growing up days, parents are inclined to rebuke their wards with ‘hard work did not kill anyone’. But time has come to change these thoughts since burnout due to overwork or stress is a real possibility. More than half of India’s corporate workforce, according to a health services study mentions that stress is an epidemic in India across sectors – from IT, education, telecom to hospitality, healthcare and manufacturing the spread. With employees always on the go, few can afford the luxury of snoozing their morning alarm, eating a sit-down breakfast or reaching office late.

It’s essential for companies to acknowledge that human capital investment isn’t a frill or soft benefit; it impacts the bottom line. Stress increases healthcare costs and lowers productivity and performance.  Even then, burnout remains an elusive line in the sand.

What Causes Burnout?

Frustration, the monotony of work, stress, unmet aspirations, and personal comparisons can snowball into a state of burnout. Plus, the fact that many industries have started flatlining has directly affected career prospects, growth opportunities, annual payouts, and increments – only aggravating the stress cycle. From a company standpoint, constant reinvention via skill building is a great way to keep employees on their toes and to prepare them for new roles and challenges. It’s important to remember that an employee with a suitable skill set may still perform poorly due to high pressure. Therefore, minimizing trigger points for stress can allow employees to thrive.

Ways to Prevent Burnout

If you’re an employee, it’s possible that your organization is actively combating high stress in the workplace via workshops, training, and outbound. Regardless, it’s wise to take matters into your own hands when it comes to preventing burnout. Here are some steps you can take.

  1. Be Positive

It can be hard to digest setbacks, but by dwelling on them day and night, you can fling yourself down a rabbit hole of despair and disappointment. Whatever situation you’re in, think of the bigger picture.

  1. Know Your Value

Be confident about what you bring to the table. Develop a unique skill set that sets you apart, and be proud of it. When you’re worth more than your role, you know you’ve achieved validation.

  1. Introspect

It’s important to ask yourself how you’re doing, both on a personal and professional level. Set time aside daily to do what you love. Take a walk with your dog, end your day with a good book or make dinnertime a family tradition. By diverting your mind from the workplace, you can gain a new perspective and think outside the cubicle.

  1. Cherish Good Health

Good health can directly translate to better productivity, a sharper mind and enhanced concentration. Build healthy habits into your day by sticking to an exercise routine and eating wholesome, nutritious meals.

Eliminating burnout is possible through effective stress management practices. The sooner you gain control over your stress, the more you can expect to contribute – to your organization and yourself.

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