Dealing with Burnouts

Burnouts are all too common in the workplace. We are expected to perform with full efficiency constantly, leading us to exert our energy. HRMatrix prefers to acknowledge that employees are individuals who commence with differences. If we fail to regard the fundamental traits of our employees and purely expect them to perform perfectly, they are bound to burn out. High expectations do not always parallel the circumstances, leading people into detrimental crashes. Burnout is one thing, but the aftermath is a whole other issue to deal with.

What happens after a burnout is, the employee falls into self-doubt, despair, and lack of motivation. They realize they have been put through enough and do not want to come near that point ever again, and this often results in avoidance of workplace responsibilities. Some burnouts can be bad. Employees may cause severe conflict or even quit, and yes, burnouts do affect employee retention. It is HR’s job to ensure a productive environment, so allow HRMatrix to give you the right tips on how to avoid burnouts. 

Other times, burnouts occur through the employee’s own efforts. They choose to constantly apply their strengths, rendering them weak and unable to perform. 

Burnout symptoms:

  • Sense of failure and self-doubt.

  • Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated.

  • Detachment, feeling alone in the world.

  • Loss of motivation.

  • Increasingly cynical and negative outlook.

  • Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.


Let’s begin with tips on how to tackle an oncoming burnout and settle the occurrence through healthy practices. 


  1. Breaks are Part of Your Schedule

Breaks can be chosen on a whim or they are part of your set routine, either way, they are absolutely necessary. Without breaks, you are running on the energy you have. You never get a chance to recharge yourself, and that can quickly lead to you crashing.


When you are taking a break, try yoga or meditation strategies to help release that stress. Or, indulge in some of your hobbies. Some like to paint, watch their favorite shows, go on walks, talk to their loved ones, etc. You need to find yourself. You need to understand what you like to do to destress. 


  1. Customize your Dedicated Workspace

Customize is the keyword here. The point is for you to feel that you are important and not just a gear in the grand process of your business/company. Bring your sense of originality to your desk. Use themes, adjust the lighting, decorate your space with photos of loved ones, and/or provide trinkets that represent you. Of course, the goal here isn’t to distract yourself, the goal is to remind you that your individuality exists through the way you customize your workspace. You are supposed to feel comfortable. 


  1. Think About Your Priorities

It’s all about prioritizing your schedule to optimize efficiency. Use your strengths for the right priorities and conserve your energy for the latter tasks. That way, you are able to perform successfully as you give your time and effort to necessary tasks. Think about it this way, if you draw out all of your energy for matters that are not time-sensitive or severely important, how are you going to perform the tasks that are critical? 



It is important to consider your mental well-being before applying yourself to work. Try to mitigate and manage your energy before offering yourself to a demanding schedule. Make sure you commit to breaks and allow yourself to gain more energy throughout the day by indulging in things that you like. Looking out for yourself is good for you! HRMatrix strives for your success, and it’s time you should too. Follow these tips to avoid burnout.