Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

Burnout in the workplace

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that many spent the last year stuck at home. About 80 million Americans have struggled with debt and unemployment as a result of the pandemic.  Millions more are worried about keeping their jobs, paying their rent as well as their mortgage payments. Working parents have to juggle their careers and cope with home-school teaching for children who were sent home from shut schools. Hundreds of thousands of people were casualties of Covid-19 or succumbed to the disease.

When you log onto social media, you are often met with anger, hate, and vitriol. The news gleefully broadcasts doom and gloom on a daily basis. During rare family get-togethers for the holidays, you have to be careful of what you say, as it could immediately be misconstrued and provoke a heated argument over politics.

Stress and anxiety have been at a fever pitch because we are living in a toxic, overwhelming environment. As a therapist, I have never been more in demand than I have been since the Covid pandemic began.

Unrelenting pressures over time lead us to experience emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion.

Burnout is on the rise. Over half (52%) of survey respondents are experiencing burnout in 2021—up from the 43% who said the same in Indeed’s pre-Covid-19 survey.

Burnout is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion that is brought upon by long periods of constant unrelenting stress. It renders you feeling depleted and dejected.

The infographic below offers interesting statistics about burnout:

 

 

workplace burnout infographic

 

Inforgraphic courtesy of: https://www.studymedicineeurope.com/

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