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Global Cleaning 2014

| FORUM | HEALTH MANAGEMENT Burnout prevention is a two-way street and can only be successful if employer and employee address the risk together. Photo: jogyx/Fotolia Fostering health and wellbeing at the workplace Strategies for burnout prevention Having more things to do and less time to do them in, being constantly on call and getting e-mails at all hours: more and more people suffer a burnout. Making sure things don’t get that far is not only up to the individual. Preventing burnout is also a concern that has to be addressed by manage- ment at the enterprise level as part of the employer’s responsibility for employee protection. Burnout: we hear about it everywhere. Even those who, based done. Phases of higher tension and stress can’t be avoided. They on their mental and physical constitution, wouldn’t be expected to may even be useful if one considers the interplay of tension and be even remotely affected are increasingly at risk. The causes are relaxation, and the benefits of keeping a healthy balance. It’s not only found in an individual’s behavior and personality, but not  always easy to make the difference between temporary originate in general life circumstances and work conditions. exhaustion, apathy and burnout. Here are three criteria to help Occupational disability for mental health reasons has increased by spot if burnout is on the horizon: almost 70 percent between 2004 and 2007. The high number of The ‘blues’ phase is too long in the individual’s own perception burnout patients is alarming. In 2008, burned out workers were on and in that of his colleagues, friends and family. sick leave for roughly a combined ten million days. This translates Compared to previous episodes, irritability has increased into 40,000 people not showing up for work for an entire year. significantly; activities outside the workplace and social According to the World Health Organization, burnout is likely to contact diminishing. be the second most common pathology – measured against the There’s an increased inability to regenerate. The mechanisms degree of invalidity and loss of quality of life – to weigh down the that used to help the individual recharge his or her batteries no most on employees. longer work. Friends and family notice changes in behavior. At this point, one should ask oneself whether this episode is like Burnout or just a case of the blues? previous phases or if this crisis is different and longer. Practically nobody can get through working life without at some Very often, burnout hits those one would least expect to be point having to activate the after-burner for a while to get the job susceptible. People who get burned out usually were all aflame 8 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


Global Cleaning 2014
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