Symptoms of Employee Burnout

Employee burnout can seriously affect productivity in your business, but it may be difficult to spot the early warning signs. Here are a few signs of employee burnout: 


  • Marked changes in physical appearance, a decline in grooming or wardrobe.
  • Frequent complaints such as headaches, backaches or gastrointestinal problems.
  • Increase in absenteeism for health reasons.
  • Signs and symptoms of depression, such as change in weight, eating habits, chronic fatigue.
  • Frequent infections, especially respiratory infections.

  • Depressed appearance, such as a sad expression, slumped posture, or rounded shoulders.
  • Appearing bored or speaking of boredom.
  • Attitudes of cynicism, resentfulness, apathy or anxiety.
  • Expressions of frustration and hopelessness.

  • Decreased productivity, inability to focus on the job, or complete a task.
  • Habitual tardiness.
  • Increased absenteeism.
  • Withdrawal or listlessness.
  • Expressions of irritability or hostility.
  • Overworking.
  • Drug, alcohol or caffeine abuse.
  • Increased smoking habit, frequent smoking breaks.
  • Excessive exercise often to the point of injury.

(Source: Hugh F. Stallworth “Realistic Goals Help Avoid Burnout”, HR Magazine, 1990)

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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