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Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Burnout

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Calvin Benton of Spill:

How to prevent and cure burnout in your team

Almost half of all sick days in the UK are down to burnout. Calvin Benton, founder of Spill, explains how employers can help.

Calvin Benton of SpillStartup life is a lot. We expect big things from small teams. We wear many hats. And we tackle new, difficult problems every day. 

For founders, protecting the mental health of your team in all of this is a very real responsibility. And with almost a fifth of the UK population expected to need mental health support as a result of Covid-19, it’s now more important than ever. 

More than half (53%) of those doing therapy on Spill — our mental health support Slack app — at the moment are accessing mental health services for the first time: the pandemic has brought mental health issues to the fore for a lot of us. Fortunately, more and more tech founders and people managers are turning towards this responsibility.

Burnout is rife in UK workplaces. 43% of all sick days in the UK are down to burnout. That’s a productivity loss of £5bn per year — not to mention the human cost.

As founders and managers, it can be hard to spot burnout affecting our own teams, especially whilst we’re out of the office. When we do identify it, how do we help people who are struggling? And how can we build a workplace where it’s less likely to happen? 

Identifying burnout

Burnout is the combination of three emotions: exhaustion, negativity and ineffectiveness. The feelings of negativity and ineffectiveness are what differentiate it from regular tiredness or exhaustion. And it’s different from depression in that...

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