Social burnout is a phenomenon that can occur when someone has spent an inordinate amount of time socialising, and feels as though they need a break from their external world.
Social burnout varies from person to person as extroverts tend to recharge and gain energy from other people, while introverts need to be alone to recharge. Therefore introverts burn out from social interactions quicker than those that tend to be more extroverted.
How can employees reduce the effect of social burnout?
- Setting Boundaries is a great start to reduce the effect of social burnout on their work. Employees need to gain a sense of self in order to understand the tasks/activities that drain their energy versus what re-energises them.
- Employers can plan events that involve socialisation, such as conferences and dinners, to a schedule where there is space for downtime before and after said events.
- Businesses should be aware of the signs and symptoms of burnout and be able to identify those in their teams. Signs like: showcasing fatigue and apathy, emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion, lack of engagement, increased absenteeism, Isolation, higher sensitivity to feedback, emergence of physical symptoms, and decreased productivity.
- Employees should be asked directly what it is they need, and attempts should be made to give them support, whether it’s prioritisation, a decreased workload, or a mental health day – it needs to be curated for the employee and not a sweeping generalisation for all.
- Businesses should be creating an environment where employees feel as though they have a safe space to express concern over workload and come forth about their mental health.
- Businesses should have a finger on the pulse of the workflow, and a general awareness if the workload has become too much. Employees should be able to complete tasks within working hours without overworking themselves.
- Employers should help their workers prioritise workload and asking for help will improve the quality of one’s work, resulting in lessened burnout.
- Firms need to ensure workers have rest and free time to pursue the things they care about as this can have a profound physiological effect on someone suffering from burnout.
This article as initially published in the Reebok blog.