It might surprise you to hear that in recent years over three-quarters of UK workers have suffered burnout in one form or another, with workplace stress quoted as the source.

It would be easy to take these statistics as a reflection on the state of employee wellbeing, and a poor one at that, but while we know there’s so much more employers can do, stress isn’t always black and white.

Burnout is indeed an occupational phenomenon, but external and personal influences, such as the current cost-of-living crisis, also impact an employee’s mental wellbeing. We must, therefore, keep an open mind before pointing the finger at the workplace.

The UK is thought to be experiencing a mental health recession, which means the risk of burnout is higher because your employees’ mental resilience is being stretched to breaking point.

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Far from this being a ‘get out clause’ and a reason for businesses to take a step back from assessing workplace stress, employers must take additional measures to safeguard their employees’ mental wellbeing, such as offering an Employee Assistance Programme.

In this blog, we take a look at: what is burnout, whether burnout and depression are different, the stages of burnout, and why it matters.