Depression impacts more than 16 percent of Americans. Work burnout may be to blame. It might not just be the work itself that’s doing it to you — a new study shows that your office environment can be a primary factor in leading to this tiredness. As a result, more than 20 percent of middle-aged employees are emotionally exhausted from their less than ideal workplaces.
While a competitive market will inevitably make work stressful, it’s the factors that go beyond a typical workload that lead to the most exhaustion:
- Older age
- Pressure from job seniority
- Deceitful work environment
- Coworker bullying
Surprisingly, these factors wear out workers even more than physical labor, which was found to not cause significant exhaustion. Workplace exhaustion should not be overlooked, as it frequently results in:
- Physical illness
- Mental depression
- Behavioral problems
- Frequent absence
Obviously, any number of these consequences has a major effect on work productivity. It’s not always that middle-aged employees have become complacent in the years leading up to retirement, but that they’ve checked out from dealing with coworker harassment and a hostile office setting.
Companies should be mindful of preventing these aggravating factors and promoting a positive work environment. Here are 5 tips to avoid burning out at work
1. Spend time with family and friends. We all know the old adage, “money can’t buy happiness,” so it’s not surprising that a recent University of Pennsylvania study finds that people who focus more on their social lives are ultimately happier than those putting in extra hours at work
2. Get some relaxing pictures for your office. Researchers from the Sheffield Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory studied the effect of visual scenery on the perception of tranquility. Their research suggests that natural scenes have a more positive impact on the brain
3. Go green at work. Work-life balance and employee recognition make for happier workers, but can a company’s record of environmental responsibility boost worker happiness as well? That’s a green light. A recent study of more than 100 companies revealed that employee satisfaction and environmental performance go hand in hand.
4. Try telecommuting. Maybe you need a break from the cubicle or maybe you’re just more productive when you can wear bunny slippers without shame. Whatever the reason, research suggests people who work from home sometimes are happier than those who commute.
5. Do something you love every morning. Research suggests, waking up on the wrong side of the bed really does ruin your day. Consider creating a consistent morning routine that will reduce stress because the mood you bring to work may affect the rest of your day. Do one thing you like every morning so you start your day…for you. It’s your life.