When it comes to managing worker burnout, it can be difficult for employers to spot the problem, one expert has asserted.
Speaking to the Gladstone Observer, Paul Grant from Gladstone Psychology Services said the condition is hard to identify as it often displays no outward symptoms.
Burnout, he explained, is not a medical diagnosis, but is a common term used to encompass a build-up of daily stresses and strains.
He said: "It is probably somewhat insidious and hard to recognise though, as the onset is slow and progress is unremarkable, with a gradual deterioration in well-being that is often not recognised by the person or others around them until the problem is well established."
Workers in certain industries are more likely to suffer from burnout, he explained, adding that those who work shifts or carry out their duties away from home on a regular basis are particularly susceptible.
Employers who recognise that their staff may be at risk of burnout could take action to support their employees' wellbeing by offering a corporate health insurance policy.
Healthier workers tend to take fewer sick days – and may even work more productively as a result of better wellbeing.