[2023] Motion 53 Burnout

Composited motion

Received from:

Conference recognises the pressing issue of employee burnout in the workplace and the detrimental impact it has on worker’s well-being and productivity.

According to the most recent NHS staff survey, only a quarter of the NHS workforce say there are enough staff to do their jobs properly and a third feel burnt out.

All workplaces must develop and implement a comprehensive strategy that focuses on preventing, identifying, and addressing burnout of staff.

Proactive steps must be taken to promote the health and well-being of workers, such as better communication channels between staff and management so any issues or concerns are addressed in a timely and effective manner. Employers must take immediate action to reduce the stress and fatigue that staff are experiencing.

We must see increased investment for staff development and training, to ensure staff are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively manage their workloads and mental health.

Particularly among allied health professionals alike, understanding burnout is a vital factor amidst a workforce crisis of recruitment and retention.

By addressing employee burnout, we aim to foster healthier and more sustainable working environments that prioritise worker well-being.

Conference calls upon the TUC to:

i. require all workplaces to regularly review their policies and procedures to reduce workloads and ensure better work-life balance for employees

ii. advocate for the mandatory adoption of burnout prevention strategies

iii. increase access to mental health support and counselling services, with a focus on early intervention and prevention of burnout.

Royal College of Podiatry


› In paragraph 3, sentence 1 of 1, after “burnout of staff.”, insert:
“These strategies should be based on partnership working principles and recognise trade union health and safety representatives’ key role in inspecting workplaces, inputting to risk assessment processes, and notifying employers of hazards at work.”
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy