Former Radio 1 Breakfast show host, Nick Grimshaw, has revealed how six years of being on air at the crack of dawn for five days a week took a toll on his health, in an interview with The Sun.
Nine months after quitting the radio show, the well-known DJ admitted that the sleep deprivation finally caught up with him.
“I didn’t realise how tired I was until I stopped. I went on holiday straight after it and my family came and all my friends came and we got a house — and I slept for days and days and days. I could not get out of bed,” he said.
Since swapping jobs with Radio 1 Drivetime host Greg James, Grimshaw explained that he has had more ‘me time’ and this has benefitted his physical and mental wellbeing. He added: “It feels less like you’re in this machine of waking up early, so it’s been really good. I feel calmer, less tired.”
Getting up at the crack of dawn to go to work, coupled with a party-goer lifestyle – can start to take its toll if done over a long period of time and Grimshaw was experiencing severe signs of burnout. Whilst he was still working on the breakfast show, it is likely that his productivity and motivation suffered due to sleep deprivation.
According to Psychology Today, burnout is something that high achievers should keep a close eye out for. Those employees who take on excessive workloads, are passionate about their jobs and express an ‘I can take on everything attitude’ are likely to ignore the early signs of burnout because they want to prove themselves.
While taking on heavier workloads may be acceptable for short bursts of time, functioning like this normally isn’t good. This state of chronic stress can lead to emotional and physical exhaustion, feelings of detachment, ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.
The impact of burnout
According to Forbes, burnout doesn’t just happen overnight, so it isn’t always easy to spot the early warning signs. The mental and physical exhaustion can quickly take its toll and it is not worth it.
In addition to the mental and physical impact, burnout can greatly impair a person’s job performance. Many assume that putting in overtime at work will help them get ahead in their career, but it can actually do the opposite if they burn out too soon. Concentration will start to waver, and productivity and engagement will suffer. This is no good for the employee, as well as the business.
Stressed out and exhausted employees are a huge cost to employers and this can come in many forms such as healthcare costs, productivity loss or employee absence, all of which hamper business.
So, the key takeaway for HR is to look out for these early signs, liaise with line managers to put the correct support in place for struggling employees and, above all, allow employees to have some time off work if they desperately need it.