Unifiller Identifies the Impact of Employee Burnout in Food Production Plants

Automated Portioning – Fast and accurate custard filling portions into shells

Repetitive and monotonous tasks can affect a person’s mental health.

Burnout is frequently understood as work-related or work-induced stress and fatigue. It’s being discussed more and more in today’s culture, but it’s not exactly a new concept. According to Healthline, the condition of burnout was officially coined in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger (Freudenberger, along with psychologist Gail North, also outlined the 12 phases of burnout). The website also offers an accurate description of what burnout is, describing it as “a condition of severe stress that leads to severe physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.”

Why is burnout such a hot topic of conversation, and how is it relevant to bakeries and food plants? Well, according to a 2019 survey by The Sleep Judge, people who work in the lodging and food service industry are at the highest risk of experiencing job or occupational burnout.

Burnout commonly manifests externally as:

  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability
  • Apathy
  • Isolation

Internally, people experiencing burnout may experience:

  • Escaping fantasies, such as quitting your job or moving
  • Mental illness, such as anxiety or depression.
  • Illnesses or physical ailments (the stress of exhaustion can weaken the immune system, leading to insomnia, loss of appetite and stomach problems, headaches, etc.)

It’s important for both employees and managers to recognize when they might be starting to burn out, and it’s especially important for leaders to pay attention to signs of burnout in the employees they’re responsible for. Have you ever heard the phrase: “A team is only as strong as its weakest link?” East

It definitely applies to bakeries and food companies that aim to provide high-quality products and services.

However, the best (and long-term) solution is to go one step further and prevent job burnout from happening in the first place. Preventing burnout starts with understanding the things that cause it in the first place. Some examples include negative relationships within the workplace, lack of collaboration, increased demands, inefficient or non-standard processes, lack of resources and access to information. For a more detailed breakdown of causes, visit unifiller.com.

The individual and personal consequences for employees, or even managers, are often as follows:

  • Decreased loyalty to the company.
  • injuries and stress
  • Poor overall job performance (including reduced productivity, less attention to detail, error prone, and poor judgment)
  • Lack of job satisfaction.
  • No work/life balance

In the event that burnout is an enterprise-wide problem, the individual consequences of burnout tend to create larger problems that affect operations at the enterprise level. This can become:

  • High employee turnover, leading to spending more money on hiring
  • Employees taking more sick days and reducing available staff
  • quality control issues
  • human resources problems

Simple tactics like fostering a healthier culture, standardizing processes, and automating repetitive tasks can help build a healthier workplace. For example, according to Sonia Bal, Marketing Director of Unifiller Systems, “Automating production whenever possible and necessary can be a good first step. Food and bakery production is not easy work, nor is it always interesting. Repetitive tasks and monotonous can take a toll on a person’s mental health (especially if they work long shifts every day), so why not let a simple machine take over?” For a more detailed explanation of how to mitigate employee burnout, visit unifiller.com.

Unifiller, a subsidiary of the Linxis Group, is a world leader in specialized equipment for the food, bakery, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The group consists of leading companies that focus on mixing technologies, ingredient dosing systems and automated portioning systems. Through its various subsidiaries, the Group employs approximately 800 people worldwide. With 5 global offices and a dealer network of 80 dealers, Unifiller equipment can be found in the manufacturing plants of some of the world’s best-known brands.

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