A high-pressure environment, lack of support from management, unrealistic expectations – all of these are undeniably the top contributors to employee burnout in the workplace.

The biggest red flag, research says, in spotting employee burnout is an unshakeable feeling that your work quality is lagging and you’re not showing your full potential.

The following are three ways, listed in this infographic, to stop pre-burnout in its tracks:

Step 1: Find the underlying problem

An oppressive work environment, mismatched company and personal values, and intense time pressures are often to blame for burnout.

If it’s not a heck yes, it’s a heck no. If you’re not totally jazzed about doing something, just say no — Amy Kurtz, wellness coach & author of Kicking Sick

Step 2: Establish a routine

Have a predictable routine so when stress strikes, you don’t spiral out of control — be sure to build cortisol reducing activities (such as socialising, sleep and exercise) into each day.

“Turn off your phone. Leave work at a reasonable hour. Draw boundaries between your life and your work that allow you to succeed in both” — Ann Shoket, Author of The Big Life

Step 3: Prioritise each day

Create a to-do list to manage daily tasks so you know what to expect. Look for long term balance instead of fitting everything into every day.

“You know what is urgent in your life, like seeing your family and friends more….Even if the work is still there when you get back from vacation, you’ll come back better.” — Bea Arthur, psychotherapist & Founder of The Difference


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Please find the full infographic below:

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