Here are 5 ways to avoid HR burnout in 2022

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How can you know if you’re suffering from burnout?


Everyone’s definition of burnout is different. For many people it will manifest in ways that make you feel fatigued and overworked. Increased anger, anxiety, mood fluctuations, a drop in the quality of work performed, withdrawal from social activities and contacts, exhaustion, sensitivity, and overall disengagement from work might all be signs.

Have meaningful one-on-one conversations (1:1s)


One-on-ones are planned meetings between an employee and their immediate management on a weekly or biweekly basis. This is a period set out for the employee to reflect on the previous week or fortnight and make commitments for the future.

They’re a terrific tool for facilitating conversation, but they’re an even greater for conveying how you’re actually feeling. It’s probable that your one-to-one meeting will be with an HR executive. This offers an open and comfortable atmosphere in which you may talk about your problems and express how you actually feel. It allows you to spot any symptoms of fatigue withing the HR departments.

Be conscious of your own mental well-being.


Workplace mental health has never been more vital — and with good reason. Everyone was stressed out throughout the pandemic and the continual lockdowns, and now it’s time to focus on yourself.

As previously stated, be aware of the indicators of burnout to be on the lookout for. This should make it simpler to recognise the onset, and if you do, remember that asking for help is perfectly normal. Making an appointment with your GP, contacting your EAP, or talking to a trusted friend or family member are all appropriate places to start, especially if you’re experiencing any of these sensations for more than a week.

Make contact with your employee assistance programme (EAP) and encourage your coworkers in HR to take use of it.

Prior to 2020, study revealed that one out of every five workers suffered from a mental health problem at some point. Now, coming out of the pandemic with heightened sentiments of financial instability, social isolation, and concern about the future, this number is anticipated to skyrocket.

Keep in check with your company’s employee assistance programme (EAP) and urge your HR colleagues to use it as well.

An EAP allows you to speak with a certified expert outside of your organisation about your mental health and well-being. Calls and communications are private, and they can help you deal with burnout and stress management in 2022 and beyond.

Keep an eye out for your coworkers in HR.


The previous two years have been difficult and if you’re still working from home, make an effort to communicate with your coworkers and schedule time to catch up. This may be a brief call over coffee in the morning or a team-bonding activity in the afternoon.

Take a break and really turn off your computer.


We understand that this is easier said than done, and we also understand that many HR professionals haven’t taken any vacation time in the previous two years. This is the indication you’ve been waiting to turn off and take some time for yourself. Put in your time off, book your vacation, and prepare to unwind with some much-needed self-care (without your laptop).

If you can’t stop yourself from looking at or thinking about work, try clearing out your desk (if it’s in your living room or bedroom) and storing your laptop in a case in your drawer. Give a coworker your phone number, but make it clear that it’s solely for emergencies.

Take advantage of remote and flexible working options.


Do you work to live or live to work? If you’re suffering from burnout, you may feel as if you’re chained to your desk for the whole workday. Do not allow this to become your reality.

We learned during the pandemic that working remotely may be just as successful as in the office. It’s now or never to accept it. Take a stroll, grab a cup of coffee, or go to the gym to break up your day. Work will always be there, and returning to it after a break isn’t always a negative thing! Take advantage of the freedom that comes with remote work; your mental and physical health will reward you. And if the workplace is open, schedule a couple days a month to visit your coworkers.

See how HealthBoxHR can help your business avoid burnout and support your staff by utilising our Performance and Mental Health Management features. 

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