Burnout can turn life completely on its head and create huge challenges for everyone involved. But after a phase of recovery and self-reflection, employees will have to go back to work. This step demands courage, care and, above all, a good strategy.
Before an employee goes back to work they must take some time to build their energy back up. Reintegration is actually a key factor in managing the consequences of a burnout. It is also very helpful to know what causes burnout and to be able to identify potential triggers. This makes it possible to take preventive measures in order to avoid overloads in the future – and possibly a relapse.
There is no single answer to this question. Basically, work is a vital mental protection mechanism because it provides a certain standard of living, social contact and a regular routine. It’s important to note that the ability to work with burnout varies from person to person. Early diagnosis, professional support and a careful approach are all crucial factors in assisting an employee in regaining their capacity to work over the long term.
Before your employee returns to work, it’s very important that you talk openly with them. Discuss the steps planned together for your employee’s return to work. It’s a good idea to have the employee return to work on a gradual basis by reducing their working hours or starting off with flexible work hours. This allows them to ease back into work and minimizes any potential stress. It’s also important to keep an eye on the health and well-being of your employee when they return to work. Make sure you include regular breaks, set clear boundaries and promote a healthy work-life balance.
Returning to work is challenging both mentally and emotionally for those affected. During these phases, the support of colleagues, friends, family and a coach can be a great help. As their manager, you play a key role in helping your staff member find their feet again and in creating a positive work environment.
Our care and case management specialists assist those affected and companies throughout the entire recovery and reintegration process, enabling employees to successfully reintegrate into the company.
As the employer, you have a great deal of responsibility when it comes to burnout in the workplace. You can significantly influence the health and motivation of your employees and in the process actively help prevent burnout. But how do you actually do this?