German researchers say employers can help minimise burnout and long-term absences by discussing work-life balance with workers on a regular basis.
The researchers defined burnout as the psychological response to work-related stress. Typically characterised by; emotional exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job (e.g. cynicism) and reduced work efficiency.
We suggest every team or toolbox meeting include something like “team member safety, comfort and efficiency” as a standard agenda item, and include specific discussion on personal well-being and level of motivation in periodic performance meetings.