Burnt-out employees make mistakes that can be expensive, so it makes financial sense for companies to put systems in place to prevent it. Sibonile Dube, director of corporate affairs for Southern and Central Africa at consumer goods company Unilever, says burnout is not a single event, but the physical, emotional and psychological exhaustion employees experience due to working in a highly pressurised environment. "Staff burnout is observed from the perspective of physical signs and behavioural indicators. It is an accumulation of activities and experiences that escalate over time. For this reason, it is vital for every employee, line manager and company to ensure ... there are sustainable ways to maintain energy levels all year round to avoid burnout during the course of the year." She has the following advice: 1) Pay attention to your health. Have an annual checkup so you can catch any issue early; 2) Make sure you get enough sleep, exercise regularly, eat well and stop unhealthy h...

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