Burnout — Dissatisfaction Isn’t the Only Cause

Burnout is a costly condition for both employees and the organizations where they are employed. It’s also more prevalent than you might expect.

A July 2018 Gallup study found that 67% of employees they studied are experiencing burnout with a high degree of regularity at significant costs to their health, productivity, and job security, finding that employees suffering burnout are:

  • 63% more likely to take a sick day
  • 50% less likely to discuss approaches to performance goals with their manager
  • 23% more likely to visit the emergency room
  • 2.6 times as likely to leave their current employer
  • 13% less confident in their performance

Employees with bills to pay are, without a doubt, in a difficult situation. Their employment could be in jeopardy if they’re stuck in a significant period of low productivity.

A middle-aged man wearing a white shirt sits at a white table, working on a laptop computer. He has a pile of books and files at his right elbow. Apparently suffering burnout, he has removed his glasses and is rubbing his brow.

Classic Contributors to Burnout

According to the Gallup study, these five employee perceptions were most highly correlated with burnout:

  • Unfair treatment at work
  • Unmanageable workload
  • Lack of role clarity
  • Lack of communication and support from manager
  • Unreasonable time pressure

Caring leaders and managers are also in a difficult position: They don’t want their employees to fall victim to burnout, but they also need to simultaneously lead and hold employees accountable to higher performance standards.

What If the Cause Were Medical?

As medical practitioners seeking to help patients solve problems related to wellbeing and productivity that have the potential to impact their livelihoods, we’d like to share some insight based on clinical experience.

What about burnout that isn’t caused by workplace or circumstantial factors?

Often, possible medical causes are overlooked entirely. Could there be a medical condition at the root of the problem, a hormone imbalance like low testosterone or hypothyroidism, causing the problems, or perhaps making them worse?

Hormone imbalance has a wide number of difficult and unpleasant symptoms that may mimic burnout, such as:

  • Mild sense of depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short-term memory difficulties

It would serve a manager or employer well to know the symptoms of hormone imbalance. When an employee continues to struggle with symptoms of burnout, but causes remain unexplained, a simple medical exam focused on the balance of hormone levels could be indicated.

TCT’s Hurst Clinic Offers Free Consultation

If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms that are common to both burnout and hormone imbalances, consider contacting the Hurst clinic of Testosterone Centers of Texas.

Initial exams are free, either by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Getting back into a productive groove could be that simple. Click for more information about TCT’s Hurst Clinic.

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(Bill) William J. White, PA-C

(Bill) William J. White, PA-C brings over 20 years of surgical experience to our practice. He is a decorated veteran of the United States Army where he served for nearly 6 years with duty assignments, both here and abroad.   During his military career, Bill was trained as a Certified Surgical Technologist, and following an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he attended Texas Tech University.   He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to attend PA School at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He spent the first 10 years of his career in Neurosurgery.

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