30% of HR managers surveyed encourage team building activities to prevent burnout , Wellness for Business offers various activities such as chair massage , workshops on stress , sleep and relaxation .

A study by the employment agency OfficeTeam among 200 Belgian HR managers shows that burnouts are common in Belgian business. For example, almost three in ten (28 percent) HR managers indicate that burnouts are common within their organization.

The study by OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half specialized in the employment of temporary administrative profiles, also shows that HR managers in Flanders are more likely to experience burnout (34 percent) among their employees than in Brussels ( 28 percent) and Wallonia (20 percent).

More than half (57 percent) of HR managers surveyed believe that a high workload is the main cause of employee burnout. Lack of recognition (43 percent), overtime and long hours (36 percent), economic pressure (35 percent) and unrealistic expectations (33 percent) are also listed as factors that contribute most to employee burnout.


Dries De Vos, Director OfficeTeam: “Employees who have to contend with an increased workload and work long hours can become exhausted and demotivated. Preventing burnouts is therefore not only in the interest of the individual employee, but also in the benefit of the company as this can affect business productivity.”

What exactly do companies do to prevent burnout among their employees? More than a third (35 percent) of those surveyed promote a team-oriented work environment. Another 35 percent of HR managers indicate that job functions are reviewed in the event of a burnout. The encouragement of team building activities (30 percent) and the introduction of flexible working hours and teleworking (25 percent) are also initiatives taken to avoid burnouts.

A third of the companies also call on extra workers to better manage (the consequences of) burnouts, by recruiting temporary (22 percent) or permanent employees (11 percent). Finally, no less than one in five companies does nothing at all to tackle the problem of burnouts in the workplace.


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