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  • Workplace Wellbeing Series: Identifying and Managing Burnout

    Burnout has become a growing concern in today's work environment. This month's session of the Workplace Wellbeing Series had Dr. Sridevi Kalidindi, a Consultant Psychiatrist and National Clinical Lead from NHS and founder of Kilp Global shed light on what burnout is, most importantly, offering profound insights into its identification and management– both on individual and organisational levels. Here's a detailed breakdown of the key learnings from our discussions: Understanding Burnout: The conversation began by distinguishing the difference between wellbeing and mental illness. "Wellbeing is not on the same axis as mental illness’, you can have a mental illness (depression) but actually your wellbeing can be high and equally you can have no mental health issues whatsoever but have really low wellbeing". According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), burnout is classified as an occupational phenomenon, distinct from mental health disorders. It manifests in three core dimensions: Chronic Exhaustion: Feeling drained and unable to engage in activities you normally enjoy. Cynicism: Increased detachment from your work, often accompanied by cynicism or negativity. Reduced Professional Efficacy: A decline in your sense of accomplishment and ability to perform your job effectively. Signs of Burnout: Identifying burnout involves recognising subtle yet persistent indicators. Individuals experiencing burnout often exhibit signs of exhaustion that transcend normal fatigue, hindering their ability to engage in activities they once enjoyed. Moreover, they may develop an emotional disconnect from their work, characterised by cynicism or apathy. This detachment can be particularly striking in professions where empathy and compassion are integral, such as healthcare and HR roles. Additionally, burnout can manifest as a decline in functional efficiency, leading to decreased productivity and prolonged task completion times. Causes of Burnout: Understanding the root causes of burnout unveils a multifaceted interplay of factors. Dr Kalidindi covered a number of organisational factors that can contribute including: High perceived workload, irrespective of its objective reality, can induce stress and contribute to burnout. Workplace dynamics characterised by bullying, harassment, or inadequate supervision can erode employee morale and well-being. Lack of appreciation for employees' contributions and meaninglessness in work tasks can fuel burnout. Organisational changes, such as constant restructuring or reorganisation, can further exacerbate feelings of alienation and helplessness, amplifying burnout risk. Individual factors: Beyond external stressors, individual characteristics can predispose individuals to burnout. Certain personality traits, such as neuroticism or excessive conscientiousness, may increase vulnerability to burnout. For example, individuals prone to self-criticism or those who excessively strive for perfection are at heightened risk. Similarly, traits like workaholism, while initially associated with job satisfaction, can ultimately impede recovery and escalate burnout risk. Identifying Burnout: Recognising the early signs of burnout is crucial for timely intervention. Individuals experiencing burnout may exhibit heightened sensitivity to stimuli or drastic mood swings. They may also withdraw from social activities and experience a sense of disconnection from themselves and their surroundings. By being attuned to these subtle cues, organisations can intervene proactively and provide the necessary support to prevent burnout from escalating. Preventing Burnout: Dr. Sridevi Kalidindi is dedicated not only to helping people survive but is passionate about helping individuals and organisations to thrive. She offered valuable insights into practical steps that can be taken to prevent burnout. With her knowledge and experience, we could have easily spent a day on this topic. Proactively preventing burnout entails fostering an environment conducive to employee wellbeing. Central to this is the promotion of autonomy in the workplace, where employees are empowered to make decisions and manage their workload independently. Conversely, micromanagement and a lack of trust can breed discontent and exacerbate burnout risk. Moreover, the attitude and support provided by line managers play a pivotal role in mitigating burnout. When managers prioritise employee welfare and offer adequate support, it fosters a sense of belonging and reduces the likelihood of burnout. Individual Strategies: Practice self-care through healthy habits like sleep, exercise, and relaxation techniques. Set boundaries between work and personal life. Seek support from colleagues, friends, or mental health professionals when needed. The Future of Workplace Wellbeing: What Organisations Should Do? Dr. Sridevi highlighted primary, secondary and tertiary actions to support employees. Primary includes things like psychological safety, leadership support and policies, secondary encompasses well-being activities building skills like resilience. With tertiary actions focusing on what you need in place you know once something like burnout already occurred. “We focus on the secondary and that's good and needed but the primary stuff can be harder to implement. It takes strategy and time, a longer time. It needs to be tailored to understand what's needed in our organisation.“ Here are just some of the suggestions covered to address burnout in organisations. Adopting a multifaceted approach based on your context is key. Implement Supportive Policies: This includes implementing clear and accessible policies for example flexible working, holiday policies, as well as ones that support employees through difficult life events like pregnancy, loss, adoption, moving/relocating, and menopause. They need to ensure that policies are not merely symbolic but are deeply ingrained in the organisational culture, aligning with its core values and actively supported at all levels. Develop a Burnout Strategy: Looking ahead, organisations must adopt forward-thinking strategies to tackle burnout comprehensively. This involves developing tailored plans to address the unique stressors within their organisational context. Offer Support Programs: Coaching, therapy, and programs promoting self-compassion and stress management can be helpful for employees (e.g., programs like those offered by Kilp Global). Fostering a culture of self-acceptance and self-compassion can empower employees to navigate stressors more resiliently. Dr. Kalidindi has seen the coaching and therapy or a blend of both working particularly well in organisations. Psychoeducation for Employees: By fostering a culture of psychoeducation and open communication, organisations can enhance employees' awareness of burnout risk factors, help them recognise the signs and take preventative measures. This education gives employees and managers the language and understanding that enables more powerful conversations. Often promotion comes with managing other staff which requires new skills that the individual has not had an opportunity to develop and they don't get the support they need, leading them not to manage people particularly well. Line manager, attitude and support are one of the main factors that lead to burnout, and psychological safety and it is an opportunity for all organisations to focus on improving their line manager capabilities. Benchmarking and Learning: Benchmarking against industry best practices and continuously iterating on interventions ensures ongoing improvement in managing burnout effectively. As the saying goes - what gets measured gets done. It also provides important data points to find opportunities for improvement and sense what is working. In essence, by prioritising employee wellbeing, fostering a supportive work environment, and implementing proactive measures, organisations can cultivate resilience and mitigate the detrimental effects of burnout, thereby fostering a healthier and more sustainable workplace culture. To learn more from Dr. Sridevi and how Kilp Global can help feel free to reach, join the Kilp WhatsApp community and check out the attachment with more information on how they can support you. As part of Kilp Global’s commitment to your wellbeing, they have offered us access to a complimentary mindfulness session, register for it here Once again, thank you for participating. We look forward to your feedback and hope to continue supporting you on your professional journey. All best wishes, The Rest Space team, Sri and the Klip team.

  • Why Rest Isn't Weakness in the Workplace: A Workplace Wellbeing Series

    At our recently concluded monthly workplace wellbeing series this April, we discussed why rest isn't weakness in the workplace", why prioritising rest at work is important and how to create a work culture that prioritises rest. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion. Understanding the Biology of Rest Did you know that our bodies are biologically wired for rest? Renowned sleep scientist Matthew Walker sheds light on this after studying the brainwave patterns of people during the day. They found that around 3 or 4 PM, our brain waves change similarly to when it's time to sleep, indicating the need for rest. From circadian rhythms to the accumulation of adenosine, our internal timing signals the need for rest, often around mid-afternoon when brain waves shift and our body temperature drops. Naps are part of our biology. Humans and Napping: Historical Perspective Throughout history, humans have embraced napping as a natural part of our working day. Just envision the image of a shepherd or farmer taking a midday nap—these are common occurrences reflecting our historical relationship with rest. The decline of the workday nap can indeed be linked to the rise of industrialization and the shift towards standardised production methods, particularly in factory settings. During the industrial revolution, productivity became synonymous with efficiency in completing repetitive tasks on assembly lines, where workers were expected to maintain a constant pace of work for long hours without breaks. In this context, activities like napping were seen as counterproductive to the goals of mass production. Management prioritised output quantity over factors like employee wellbeing, creativity, or innovation. As a result, breaks, including napping, were often discouraged or even actively penalised. Napping is Sleep Napping constitutes sleep that occurs outside of our nightly rest. Similar to full sleep cycles, naps offer benefits such as physical recovery and growth hormone release, aiding in muscle fatigue recovery, particularly beneficial during illness or periods of intense physical activity. Is Napping Beneficial? The benefits to organisations of encouraging employees to nap are numerous and impactful: Increased Productivity: Napping has been shown to improve alertness, cognitive function, and overall productivity, with NASA research indicating a 34% boost in productivity post-nap. Reduced Errors and Accidents: Fatigue is a significant contributor to workplace errors and accidents. Reduced workplace conflict: Fatigue exacerbates negative emotions such as irritability, frustration, and impatience, as our day progresses tiredness naturally builds. Naps can help regulate emotions by reducing the emotional edge off experiences. Rested employees are better equipped to handle workplace challenges with composure and resilience, leading to smoother interactions and improved relationships with colleagues. Enhanced Creativity and Problem-Solving: Napping has been linked to improved creativity and problem-solving abilities. Naps allow employees to connect concepts in ways the waking mind is unable to, this is the reason attributed to the wealth of amazing innovations that came from a nap such as the periodic table. Healthier Workforce: Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with a range of health problems, including increased risk of heart disease, obesity, and mental health issues. By promoting napping, organisations can help employees maintain better overall health, leading to reduced absenteeism and healthcare costs. Positive Organisational Culture: Napping provides an opportunity for the brain to reset and transition from a state of survival threat detection (often associated with fatigue and stress) to a mode of thriving. By allowing the mind to rest and recharge, naps can help employees approach their work with a more positive and optimistic mindset, ready to engage with tasks and interactions in a constructive manner. Competitive Advantage: Organisations that prioritise employee wellbeing and productivity gain a competitive edge in attracting and retaining top talent. Overall, encouraging employees to nap can lead to a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce, ultimately benefiting the organisation's bottom line and long-term success. The Stigma About Napping at Work We interviewed over 200 professional workers in London and found that 80% were napping at work. This is supported by more recent findings from PlushBeds, they found 80% of the 4,000 employees they spoke to in America were napping at work. Employees are napping at work but everyone is hiding it. Employees are taking naps during work hours, yet many feel compelled to conceal this practice. The significance of addressing the associated stigma is underscored by the publication in the prominent Oxford sleep journal by leading performance and sleep scientists by Sara E. Alger, Allison J. Brager, and Vincent F. Capaldi, . "Challenging the stigma of workplace napping," highlighting the impact of societal attitudes on performance and wellbeing. Common Places to Nap due to Stigma Surprisingly, many individuals are napping at work, with the top locations being the toilet, followed by conference rooms, and cars. Naps are personal and privacy needs often drive these choices, highlighting the need for dedicated rest spaces in the workplace. What can Organisations do? Organisations can play a crucial role in promoting the importance of rest and providing resources to support it. Some companies already offer nap spaces, recognising the positive impact on employee wellbeing and productivity. Educate Employees: Provide information and resources on the benefits of napping for productivity, wellbeing, and overall health. Offer workshops, seminars, or informational materials to raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about napping and provide an understanding of what healthy rest looks like. Designate Nap Spaces: Create designated nap areas within the workplace where employees can rest comfortably and privately. Establish Nap Policies: Develop clear policies and guidelines regarding napping in the workplace. Ensure that these policies align with organisational goals and promote a culture of trust and respect for employee well-being. Encourage Nap Breaks: Encourage employees to take regular breaks throughout the day, including short nap breaks if needed. Allowing flexible work arrangements that accommodate individual sleep patterns and preferences. Lead by Example: Demonstrate organisational support for napping by leading by example. Encourage managers and leaders to prioritize their own rest and model healthy work-life balance behaviors. Fostering a culture that values rest and rejuvenation, organisations can create a more positive and productive work environment for all employees. Embracing rest as a vital component of productivity and well-being is not a sign of weakness but rather a strategic investment in personal and organisational success. Let's continue to challenge outdated notions and promote a culture that values rest and rejuvenation. Get in touch if you would like Kate to repeat this session in your organisation or cover a related topic on sleep, rest and work culture. Join us on May 1st as we discuss extensively on Identifying and Managing Burnout, offering support strategies and actionable tips for organisations to prevent burnout. Reserve your space here. We look forward to seeing you!

  • The Happiness Habit: Embracing Sleep & Prioritising Rest Like the Finns and Swedes

    The World Happiness Report 2024 has Finland reigning supreme as the happiest country in the world, with Sweden following closely at number four. What's their secret? It seems embracing rest and prioritising sleep might be a big part of the equation. In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's easy to overlook the importance of rest and quality sleep. Yet, these two Nordic countries stand out as shining examples of how prioritising rest can lead to happier, healthier lives. The Finnish Connection with Nature and Sleep In Finland, there's a profound appreciation for the power of nature and its impact on wellbeing. They foster a deep love for the outdoors. People make a point of spending time in nature every day, even in the winter. This exposure to sunlight and fresh air is believed to contribute to better sleep quality and overall health. Additionally, the Finnish lifestyle is known for its relaxed pace, further contributing to better sleep. It's no surprise then that according to the World Sleep Survey, Finland ranks among the top countries for sleep quality, with a whopping 84% reporting good sleep! Moreover, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare found that Finns sleep an average of 7 hours per night, which is higher than the global average. Sweden: Work-Life Balance for Optimal Recharge Meanwhile, in Sweden, there's a strong emphasis on work-life balance. Swedes recognise the importance of unwinding and recharging, prioritising both physical and mental health. This is reflected in the high quality of sleep enjoyed by the majority of the population. With generous amounts of paid time off, Swedes have the opportunity to rejuvenate and avoid burnout. By prioritising rest and relaxation, both Finland and Sweden demonstrate that a well-rested population is a happier one. Their examples underscore the importance of incorporating rest into our daily lives, not as an afterthought but as a fundamental aspect of overall wellbeing. The Rest Space Connection At Rest Space, we believe in the transformative power of rest. Our mission is to inspire individuals and organisations to prioritise rest, fostering happier, healthier communities. By following the lead of countries like Finland and Sweden, we can create a world where rest is valued as essential for success and happiness. The message is clear: rest isn't a luxury, it's a necessity for happiness and success. Let's embrace the lessons from these Nordic nations and make rest a priority in our lives. Together, we can cultivate a culture that celebrates the rejuvenating effects of downtime and ensures a brighter, more fulfilling future for all. Visit our website to explore our resources on creating a building a rest culture for your workplace and prioritising sleep for a happier, healthier you!

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