What's Your Number Today?

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How are you feeling today?

For some of us, work pressure is tilting towards burnout. A study by THE OUT of 2,000 UK workers found an astonishing 70% experienced burnout last year.

Lack of time off, too much work, and feeling stuck in the same routine were some reasons for work exhaustion. The signs can be hard to spot, especially with many staff still working remotely.

In 2019, the World Health Organisation identified these 3 symptoms:

>Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion

> Negativity or cynicism related to your job

> Reduced professional efficacy

There’s never a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing burnout. If you think someone at work is struggling today, check in with them (in person if possible) and ask how they’re doing.

You could ask for a number between 1 and 10, as we often find it easier to give a number and it’s better than accepting the standard. “I’m fine”. If it’s below 3, that’s a sure sign someone needs extra support today.

Another way to support staff is to lead by example. If employers see managers adopting positive behaviours themselves, employees will feel less guilty about their own struggles.

Encourage open channels of communication about mental wellbeing and offer time off for those who need it, and don’t push staff to deliver at all costs.

Let’s look after our workforce!