Over a quarter of Swiss employees are stressed to critical levels. In 2018 Health Promotion Switzerland (Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz / Promotion Santé Suisse) reported that the productivity loss caused by the critical stress levels costs CHF6.5 billion/year (USD 6.6 billion/year), or a full percent of Switzerland's GDP. Absenteeism (5.5%) and Presenteeism (15.6%) among the 16-24-year-old population are at 21.1%. Absenteeism is discussed much more often, even though absenteeism is three times higher.
News outlets use the term burnout to generate a lot of clickbait, the now medically coined term burnout is popular and generates a lot of clicks. With this comes the dangers of these outlets publishing fluff articles to get users to click on the site and generate ad revenue for them. On the positive side these articles often give good lifestyle advice to healthy people on how to reduce the chance of getting ill, but if you are seriously already suffering from illness don’t think for one second that these recommendations will be the cure. Burnout (exhaustion depression) is a serious medical condition that can have dire consequences when not treated professionally.
A Gallup survey found that on average Americans work 47 hours per week. Entrepreneurs frequently work more than that, which can lead to physical and emotional strain.
Starting a new business is exciting, but eventually, the honeymoon phase will be over. Daily stress and repetitive work will take over; everyday responsibilities can begin to wear one down and can become overwhelming.
If you start to notice symptoms such as chronic fatigue and exhaustion, irritability and decreased productivity, problems concentrating, and many more such symptoms, it may well be a sign of an early onset of burnout.
Online search results for “what is burnout” has risen 55% in Britain since April 2019. This increase may also have something to do with the fact that the WHO officially recognizes burnout an illness since April. People are also worried more if they have burnout symptoms, and they more frequently search for “burnout test” online. The problems have been there for longer, and the fact that people are starting to pay more attention is a good sign. We need to be aware of the symptoms to recognize the symptoms.
Going on vacation alone isn’t enough to save you from Burnout, the one or two week break won’t suffice. Once a burnout knocks on your door it’s too late to take a jet an go on a beach for a couple of weeks. When you start to feel physical symptoms of burnout it’s usually a sign of a long time “abuse” thus a quick trip helps you to get out of the rat race, but it won’t sustain for more than a few days or weeks after your return. It might be a good idea to take a break. But during the break or after returning, it's necessary to look deeper into the reasons behind why these symptoms happened or almost happened in the first place. In our experience, early detection and a guide to avoiding burnout is still the best help.
resilient and Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne were presenting the poster below at Personalised Health Technologies and Translational Research Conference 2018 at ETH Zurich.