The New Jersey Business and Industry Association indicates that one-fourth of all full-time employees experience burn out while at work. It is not a medical condition. An employee can experience burnout in three different ways. They can get a feeling of exhaustion or energy depletion, have a sense of cynicism or negativity to their job, and experience a reduction in professional efficacy.
There are no Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards in the USA that govern burnouts at work. It means that no employer requires an employee burnout policy that will help in dealing with the workers that get burnouts.
However, an employer has obligations to maintain their workplaces free from hazards by providing fall hazards, machine guarding, and lockouts, amongst other safety practices.
Studies reveal that employees who suffer from burn-outs struggle to maintain workplace safety as they are less aware of their surroundings. As a result, they may misuse the use of heavy machinery, drive poorly, fight in workplaces, and delay in responding to emergencies, leading to workplace accidents that may impact their fellow employees.
According to Material Handling and Logistics news, an employer has the right to identify employees that suffer from burnouts early and intervene before they can result in any accidents. It is, however, not easy to tell on an employee suffering from burnouts. Employers should, therefore, look for warning signs such as low morale, fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration drug use, or even workplace violence. They should as well provide training and support to employees by letting them know how they can report safety concerns, illnesses, and injuries.