Accountants Hit Burn-out

1st Apr 2021
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Burnout – that feeling of fatigue and disillusionment with work – was not uncommon before the pandemic, but since the upheaval of Covid it could be on the rise. Work-life lines are blurred and the future of many jobs is uncertain, so it is no wonder that some people are feeling even more overwhelmed with work. If you think you’re feeling the burn, now is the time to make a move to tackle it. Setting boundaries and practicing self-care are two excellent ways to manage burnout. Delegating work is also a big help. Why not delegate some of your payment reconciliation to Ordo, the instant payment system? Ordo is the official payments Open Banking partner with Sage and is available in the Sage marketplace. It is also fully integrated with Xero and Quickbooks.

What is Burnout?

In May of 2019 the WHO added burnout to its International Classification of Diseases. They define it as an occupational phenomenon characterised by feelings of exhaustion and negativity associated with work and reduced effectiveness at work. A 2018 Gallup poll of 7,500 employees in the US showed that two-thirds of them suffered some degree of burnout. The pandemic has added a whole new reason to feel fatigued with work. Some are taking on more work than normal because of the fear that they might lose clients in the future, while others working from home are toiling longer hours than usual. Burnout is often associated with having too much work, but it can also be related to the circumstances surrounding work. Feeling no control over what happens at work, but responsible for the outcome is another formula for burnout.

Are you on the road to burnout?

The earlier you can identify burnout, the easier it is to solve. Some of the signs of early burnout are:

  1. Constant feelings of exhaustion – It is natural to be tired at work sometimes, especially if you are dealing with many clients or large, complex projects, but if this feeling is persistent and not associated with lack of sleep then it could be a sign of burnout.  
  2. Feeling dissatisfied with work – If you are starting to feel like your work does not matter and it is causing you to disengage with other areas of your life then you could be headed towards burnout. 
  3. Reduced quality of work – Are you making mistakes in your work that you never used to? Has your level of productivity dropped? These are signs that you need to analyse your work situation.

The symptoms of burnout can mimic those of depression, so it is important to talk to your GP if you are suffering from any of the above problems. 

What can you do to avoid burnout?

Getting a new job might seem like the only solution to burnout, but changing your approach to work might be easier and more effective. Setting boundaries at work is the first step towards stopping burnout. A big part of establishing boundaries is saying “no” when you have too much on your plate already. It can be hard to turn down work, but just remember to be polite and clear about your priorities. In addition to saying “no”, try to stick to your normal break times and work hours. During the pandemic, many people feel the temptation to work all day in order to complete projects, but this leaves no time to switch off and could lead to burnout.

In addition to establishing boundaries at work, incorporate self-care into your daily routine. Yoga, meditation, exercise - whatever your preference is, making time for yourself by doing something not connected to work can help you recharge.

Finally, if your workload feels overwhelming, try to delegate some of your tasks to others who have a more open schedule. If delegating to another person is not an option, you can harness the power of new technologies to lighten your load. Ordo is a secure instant payment system that also helps you reconcile your payments. You know immediately when your client has looked at an invoice, the payment is instant, and because Ordo works with Sage, Xero, and Quickbooks, your accounts can be reconciled automatically. Arrange a demonstration today and find out how Ordo can reduce your workload.