The Great Resignation: 5 expert tips to tackle burnout

More burnt-out employees than ever are resigning due to companies failing to address the new realities of a post-pandemic work climate, a report by
Randstad reveals. 

The recruitment firm’s study reveals that 69% of workers are ready to move jobs as part of a trend known as “The Great Resignation”. These findings show that an alarming number of UK employees are feeling more burnt out than ever before. 

Says Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Advisory Board Member at Delamere:

“If the last 20 months have taught us anything, it’s that we should be taking time to properly relax with our loved ones. People are now working harder and longer hours than ever before and should use their personal time as a way to disconnect from corporate life.” 

Here he shares some tips on how to manage your workload and what managers can do to help prevent overworking. 

1. Switch off all notifications 

If you have notifications going to your phone consistently throughout the day including work emails, Slack or Microsoft Teams, make sure to switch the pop-ups off while you are taking a much-needed break.

Having the temptation to check emails constantly while you are off work makes it harder to fully disconnect from your work life when you are trying to catch up with friends and family. If switching off notifications doesn’t work for you, it might be an idea to delete any work-related apps to stop you from checking in on what’s going on while you are off.

2. Tackle your to-do list 

For those that work full time, the chances are you have a long list of life admin that is patiently waiting in the corner for you until you have time to look at it.

Annual leave can be the perfect time to tackle your to-do list that has been piling up, so start with the things that are the most important and have been sitting for a few more weeks than you like. Not only will you feel like you’ve checked off a few things that you’ve been meaning to do, but you’ll also be able to distract yourself from work. 

3. Draw a line under anything you’ve been working on

Sometimes the best way to forget about work in your personal time is to draw a line under anything you have been working on. 

This means not leaving any pieces of work half-finished, and making sure you are on top of your inbox before you clock off.  Having everything boxed off will not only reduce anxiety while you are trying to relax but will also mean you come back to work feeling like it’s manageable.

4. Set up an out of office

An easy way to switch off from work is to set up an out of office on your email address. This will let managers and anybody who usually tries to contact you know that you won’t be checking your inbox while on annual leave or late into the evening. 

Once this is set up, assure yourself that people will see your out of the office and stick to it, so you don’t feel that you need to keep checking your emails. 

5. Manage expectations 

If you are planning on taking annual leave, then it’s important that you manage the expectations of your managers, clients and staff, by telling them as early as possible when you intend to be out of office.

To fully switch off, it is also important that you manage the expectations of your family and friends as well as work colleagues that might contribute to your work life. If you find it difficult to take time away from your job, remind loved ones that you are trying to relax and any talk of work might make you stressed. 

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Chris Price