Employers are increasingly faced with burnout and long-term absenteeism. The two challenges are also strongly related: burnout often lies at the foundation of absences that last a year or longer. How do we turn the tide? With a focus on sustainable employability that involves everyone.
In 15 years, long-term absences have tripled in number according to the annual Securex study into absenteeism (April 2017).
In 2016, more than three per cent of all Belgian employees were absent from work for longer than 12 months. Especially employees aged between 60 and 64 (18 per cent). Yet more and more people in their thirties and forties are joining the ranks of the absent.
What is causing these alarming figures? There are two explanations:
There are still myths about burnout making their way around. It is not just a dip, nor is it depression. It is the result of a complex combination of factors from a person’s work and private life.
The number of Belgian office workers with a high risk of burnout has almost doubled over the past three years: it’s risen from 10 to 17 per cent. According to the same Securex study (October 2017), burnout particularly affects employees between the ages of 35 and 39.
Do we want to turn the burnout trend around? Then everyone involved needs to make their contribution:
An active lifestyle also prevents a lot of problems. Is health seen to be a ‘nice to have’ option today? It needs to become a ‘must-have’ to stop increases in absenteeism and burnout and to promote sustainable employability and career resilience.