The COVID-19 wave can easily lead to burnout

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With the waves of the epidemic, not only will the number of illnesses increase, but the mental condition of office workers may also worsen. Because of the uncertainty, fear and end-of-year exhaustion caused by the virus, the symptoms of burnout may become more frequent.

Employers and employees should therefore pay attention to even the smallest signs in order to avoid a negative spiral in time – calls attention to K&H, one of the most attractive jobs in the banking sector based on this year’s PwC Hungary survey.

Although telecommuting offers more flexibility and a better work-life balance, workers may be exhausted by more than six months of insecurity and fear of infection during the second wave. Their effectiveness can be significantly reduced due to year-end fatigue, leisure activities, restrictions on recreation, and early darkening.

“If we find that our co-workers make more mistakes than before, it takes longer to complete the tasks they used to do routinely, quickly or have a more negative attitude towards work, or colleagues, less often involved in common ideas and discussions. it could easily be a burnout at work. Changes are needed as soon as possible in this critical state. In addition to creating a calm environment at home, rethinking the daily routine, providing regular and positive feedback, as well as the need for employers to specify their expectations in order to avoid burnout, ”he suggests. József Végh, HR Director of K&H.

In order to avoid burnout at work, K&H, according to this year’s survey of PwC Hungary, has been one of the most attractive workplaces in the banking sector, gathering advice that employees and managers should pay attention to during the second wave of the epidemic.

Recognition instead of running away

Recognition of symptoms is key to treating burnout. If we feel more tired than usual, often struggle with headaches, irritable, frustrated, dissatisfied, work more, but to no avail, there is a good chance that this is a more serious and even longer-term problem beyond year-end exhaustion. THE burnout can also cover physical, cognitive, and emotional fatigue, so to be able to treat this, think about and write down how long and what symptoms we have experienced.

Emotional redesign instead of overwork

The curfew and early darkening can upset our daily routine, but instead of overtime and crowded weekdays, it’s worth redesigning our schedule. Write down in detail what we do on a work day and record for each activity how we feel during it. Because of this, not only do we see better as and how much time we spend, but it can also help us decide what feelings we associate with these tasks: what we do with our heart and soul, and what causes more tension and anxiety in us.

Concretes instead of uncertainty

To avoid burnout, it is worth clearly defining workplace goals and job expectations. This is because they help to make it clear how we can be successful and confident in our work. Towards the end of the year, we will discuss with employers how and how these expectations can be better outlined to reduce uncertainty from next year.we can cut into the tasks with new impetus.

Attention instead of indifference

Lack of recognition can also lead to burnout, so it is worth paying attention to the quality and frequency of feedback as well as managers as well as employees. Not only can the positive words of employers swing employees beyond a negative wave, but colleagues can also help each other to strengthen team spirit and the other’s professional self-confidence with praise and recognition.

Spontaneity instead of monotony

It can easily lead to burnout if employees have to solve the same tasks for weeks or months, and in the absence of new challenges, they completely lose their motivation to perform well, effectively as a team and individually. As with the first wave, we don’t allow colleagues to move away from each other for work at home now. Let’s create as many opportunities as possible when, in addition to work, colleagues can share personal experiences with each other or talk about how they feel in changed circumstances.


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