Burnout negatively affects productivity at both organizational and personal levels. On a personal level, it does that by reducing motivation, problem-solving ability, and attention span. For the organization as a whole, it lowers productivity by reducing employee retention, output, and engagement.
One of the main reasons burnout is hard to spot is that it manifests in various symptoms resembling laziness or mental conditions
such as anxiety and depression. To determine whether someone is experiencing burnout, Apollo will use the following symptoms to assess an individual:
- Loss of appetite
- Higher susceptibility to illness
- Feelings of hopelessness,
- exhaustion, loneliness, and anger
- Increased irritability and apathy
- Cynicism toward one’s job
- A reduced attention span
- Total absent-mindedness
- Reduced problem-solving capability
- Lack of motivation/ a negative attitude toward work
The World Health Organisation (WHO) believes that occupational burnout is the syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress, with symptoms characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.“
While burnout may influence health and can be a reason for people contacting health services, it is not itself classified by the WHO as a medical condition or mental disorder. So therefore, traditional healthcare service providers need to develop adequate resources in the area.
Cause for real concern
Burnout is one of the main reasons behind staff attrition. A recent study found burnout to be one of the most significant contributing factors to turnover in primary care clinicians. Elsewhere, a study carried out by Kronos Inc. and Future Workplace found that 95% of HR leaders feel burnout sabotages employee retention. To be precise, the key findings of the study were:
- Draining away valuable talent
- Low attendance
- Loss of productivity
- Low moral and self-belief
- Higher clinical errors ( in the healthcare sector )
- Increasing the cost of employee replacement, which robs the company thousands of dollars that would have otherwise been allocated to other income-generating endeavours.
Burnout in Healthcare
Physician burnout costs the United States healthcare industry $4.6 billion a year. According to the Canadian Medical Association. The cost of burnout for all physicians practicing in Canada due to early retirement is estimated to be CAD 213 million annually. Family physicians accounted for 58.8% of the burnout costs, followed by surgeons for 24.6% and other specialists for 16.6%.
The cost to the Canadian Economy:
47 percent of business leaders are concerned about employee burnout. However, of those concerned, 68 percent still need to take action to address this issue. Burnout is costing the Canadian economy over CAD 35 billion annually and growing.
The resource & recourse created
by Apollo Physical Therapy to address the problem:
In most developed countries, by law, employers are required to tackle hazards, including work-related stress. So employers have a legal duty to do the followings:
- Assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities;
- Take measures to control that risk.
In the insights phase, we at Apollo assess the causes of employee workplace stress and burnout. This includes a stress assessment and an assessment of management practices. Apollo has developed a proprietary resource tool, “Before Operational Stress Support ” aka the BOSS, to meet the burnout, PTSD and also general wellbeing needs of the workforce.
Apollo integrated approach combines science with modern medicine supported by the best holistic wellbeing ecosystem to create a deeply personalized resource for individuals struggling with burnout-related issues, helping them throughout their needs. The focus is on immediate remediation and long-term prevention to live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
Integrated ecosystem developed by Apollo
- Emotional resilience and emotional wellbeing support
- Mental and physical wellbeing support curated for Individuals’ needs
- Coaching people the art of self-care
- Remediation to address the shortfalls in management practices
- Developing personalized care plans for individuals with recommendations on lifestyle and behavioural changes
- Coaching individuals how to use stress management tools
- Group meditation and yoga workshops and classes
- Breathing techniques for relaxation and calming the autonomic nervous system
- Access to regular burnout prevention workshops & tools
- And building community support, among other things
Treatment for Burnout
If you are experiencing Burnout, book an appointment with Apollo Physical Therapy. Our team of Ottawa physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and registered massage therapists can help. We have a convenient central location to serve you with ample parking and wheelchair access.