3 Ways Employee Burnout Can Impact Businesses

Maggie Morrow Award Winning Therapist
Author: Maggie Morrow, Award Winning Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Life Coach
Last updated: 29th June 2021

Burnout Dice
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the working landscape has changed drastically over the past year.

Currently, more employees are working from home than ever before, suddenly needing to find the balance between working as productively as possible and juggling the demands of the at-home way of life.

Striking this balance has been a lot easier said than done for certain employees though, leaving them overworked, overtired and – ultimately – burnt out as a result of always trying to catch up with themselves.

Having employees feeling like this is obviously not a good thing, significantly impacting businesses in a number of different ways.

From decreased productivity to increased staff turnover, join us as we run through three examples of why employee burnout can be so detrimental to businesses.

Decreased Quality & Quantity

In essence, research has found that the happier an employee is, the more productive they will work as a result. Therefore, if a member of staff is feeling especially stressed or burnt out, the likelihood is that their working efficiency will suffer both in terms of quality and quantity.

Similarly, staff burnout has been found to correlate with an increased number of mistakes in their work, which could lead to increased costs down the line.

Say, for instance, you have an employee working on a client report. If they make a key mistake in that report, the client may lose trust and decide to work elsewhere. This, in turn, will have a knock-on effect both in terms of finances as well as the employee’s confidence.

More Sick Days

If an employee doesn’t feel motivated to work, or engaged enough to complete the role required of them, they will end up taking more sick days off as a result.

This, in turn, could then have a substantial impact on the long-term productivity goals of a company. Plus, it could leave other staff members needing to carry out work they typically wouldn’t need to do, increasing the risk that they’ll become anxious, stressed or burnt out as well.

Huge Financial Impact

Experts estimate that that the cumulative cost for poor mental health management across UK companies ranges between £42bn and £45bn per year. Absence costs are also said to cost approximately £7bn while staff turnover is around £8.6bn.

These are huge numbers which demonstrate just how serious an impact taking mental health for granted can be.

Therefore, if you fail to address employee burnout at an early enough stage, you could not only be putting the wellbeing of your staff at increased risk but you could also be haemorrhaging money as well.

Here at KlearMinds, we understand how crippling staff burnout and anxiety can feel and we make it our aim to help people look for ways to move past it, to re-engage with their life and their work. If you would like our advice on this or a range of other mental health-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly, expert team today.

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