There are more and more occupational diseases associated with burnout and “retirement”

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In recent years, more and more occupational diseases associated with burnout have increased. In various studies, employees often point to mental fatigue, anxiety, and anxiety at work, including remote locations.

In Latvia, burnout as an occupational disease has been diagnosed only in the last four years. If back in 2018, professional burnout was ascertained only in five people, then last year there were already 48 such cases, according to data from the State Labor Inspectorate.

First of all, representatives of the health care and social care, education, transport industry and public administration are susceptible to psycho-emotional burnout.

This year, the Labor Inspectorate surveyed more than 7,000 employees of state and municipal departments about working remotely and the impact on health. About 14% of the respondents indicated mental fatigue, and 10% feel anxiety and anxiety at work.

When stress turns into burnout, the employee experiences anxiety, insomnia or excessive sleepiness, and tearfulness.

According to the professor of the Riga University Stradins Santa Purvini, first evidence of burnout – lack of energy and feeling of chronic fatigue. Second – emotional alienation from work, loss of interest, negativism and cynicism associated with work. Third – decreased professional efficiency, insomnia, increased irritability, headaches.

The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Environment interviewed employees working remotely. If about 14% of those surveyed last fall most often felt stress and anxiety, then in the spring there were already 21% of such people.

When telecommuting, most often the respondents complained about the lack of communication with the employer. But after all dTo be productive, very basic things are required: team-building activities, training in stress management. If the employer thinks about it, then his employees feel better.

The first task of the employer is to find out how his employee feels at a distance, to treat him and his activities with respect, Professor Purvina is sure.

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