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Mental Health & Workplace Burnout | What Employers Need to Know

In this HR Roundtable we’ll be covering: 

• What workplace burnout is and what causes burnout.
• How to know if an employee is unwell.
• What a manager should do if they are worried about an employee’s mental health.
• What an employer should do in a mental health emergency situation.
• Anecdotal situations where an employer or supervisor reacted appropriately or inappropriately regarding an employee’s mental health.
• And the stigmas involved with mental health.

Workplace burnout is a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion, often accompanied by feelings of cynicism and detachment from the job. It’s more than just everyday fatigue; it’s a profound depletion that impairs personal and professional well-being.

Several factors contribute to burnout: excessive workload, perceived lack of control, insufficient rewards, lack of community at work, unfair treatment, and misaligned values. While burnout affects employees the most, it also has repercussions for employers, manifesting in decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher turnover rates.

Promoting a culture of wellness, where mental health is prioritized, is essential. This not only aids in the prevention of burnout but also strengthens the overall resilience and morale of the workforce. Remember, a burnt-out employee isn’t just an individual issue; it’s an organizational concern that requires collective attention and action. 

The HR RoundTable

The HR RoundTable has been bringing HR leaders together to discuss important topics related to Human Resources for over 20 years. Thanks to our extensive network of partners in employment law; workforce development; diversity, equity and inclusion; workplace safety; insurance; and other human resources specialties, we have been fortunate to provide our HR network with actionable information they can use to improve their business process.