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Reducing work-related burnout

By Gabriel Marte Blanco posted Mon October 03, 2022 12:01 PM


We are all familiar with the feeling of burnout and the toll that it takes on our mental health, energy levels, and how it makes us feel throughout the work day. But what is burnout, where does it come from, and how can we reduce work-related burnout?

The feeling of "burnout" differs from person to person, but in 2019, WHO officially listed burnout as an "occupational phenomenon" in its list of diseases. They defined it as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." It is often associated with employees feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and low motivation levels, something we have all experienced at some point in our careers. While the cause of burnout is different for everyone, some of the most common reasons are the following: 

  • Long work hours
  • Repetitive and dull tasks
  • Tedious administrative work 

We have all worked long hours and dealt with some kind of repetitive or tedious work in one way or another. The long hours tire us out and contribute to poor health and low productivity. In addition, the tedious and repetitive tasks make us yell, "Why am I doing this again?" distracting us from doing the work that we enjoy and want to do.  

When looking for solutions to reduce burnout, people try many methods, such as getting more sleep, setting workplace boundaries, or even reducing the workloadwhen possible. While these aren't perfect solutions to reducing burnout, they can surely help in the short term. 

However, these methods do not eliminate the workplace stressors that cause burnout. But what if I told you that intelligent automation tools could help us deal with the tedious and repetitive work and free up more time for us to work on other tasks? It would be great, right? 

Luckily, IBM's Watson Orchestrate aims to do just that. Watson Orchestrate provides your own personal digital worker that you can hand off tedious tasks, such as scheduling meetings, creating and sharing new documents, or even become part of your HR department to source candidates, allowing you to focus on the work you want to do while your digital worker focuses on the tasks that eat into your schedule. Let's tackle the workplace stressors that cause burnout, with IBM Watson Orchestrate.

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1 comment



Tue October 04, 2022 12:16 PM

Love that perspective, technology can be a very good support to the workers that goes beyond they just being more productive!