Em­ployee burn-out

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

WHILE the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) has clar­i­fied that burn-out is not a med­i­cal con­di­tion but an “oc­cu­pa­tional phe­nom­e­non,” it is high time that this men­tal health is high­lighted.

In the 11th Re­vi­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases (ICD-11), burn-out is de­fined as “a syn­drome con­cep­tu­al­ized as re­sult­ing from chronic work­place stress that has not been suc­cess­fully man­aged.”

“Burn-out refers specif­i­cally to phe­nom­ena in the oc­cu­pa­tional con­text and should not be ap­plied to de­scribe ex­pe­ri­ences in other ar­eas of life,” WHO adds.

WHO states that burn-out is char­ac­ter­ized by three di­men­sions: 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.

Em­ployee burn-out is a oc­cu­pa­tional phe­nom­e­non that many com­pa­nies tend to over­look. Many are so fo­cused with the goals and de­liv­er­ables that they for­get to check on their em­ploy­ees. Whether

it is the top per­form­ing em­ployee or not, em­ploy­ees will ex­pe­ri­ence this if there is no proper hu­man re­source man­age­ment from the side of the em­ploy­ers.

The De­part­ment of Health (DOH) and the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment must come to­gether now and up­date cur­rent reg­u­la­tions on em­ployee wel­fare and work en­vi­ron­ment.

Em­ploy­ers should also up­date and re­view its cur­rent work­ing poli­cies and en­vi­ron­ment to en­sure that em­ployee burn-out is pre­vented. They also must check on their em­ploy­ees to see if he or she is still happy with their job. Em­ploy­ers should also as­sess them­selves as they may also be the cause of em­ployee burnout.

It is great to know that there has been a re­cent move­ment to raise aware­ness on non-phys­i­cal oc­cu­pa­tional health risks.

For quite some time, emo­tional and men­tal health has not been some­thing that has been look into as of­ten as it should be. Em­ploy­ers must also un­der­stand that the emo­tional and men­tal health of their em­ploy­ees is also as im­por­tant as their phys­i­cal health./ss­davao

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