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5 Tips to Avoid Burnout - Insurance Adjuster Edition

5 Tips to Avoid Burnout - Insurance Adjuster Edition

By: sageknox

7 May 2017

Burnout, or the act of a physical or mental collapse due to stress or overwork, can be present in nearly any professional setting. High-performing workers are most prone to this, as they tend to take on more work than they can reasonably handle over a lengthy period of time. But insurance adjusters are acutely prone to burnout and it’s understandable as to why. A vicious combination of high caseloads, increasing regulatory requirements, and performance standards that necessitate prolonged and repetitive clerical tasks take their toll on even the best adjusters. Armed with these tips, insurance adjusters should be able to reduce their stress levels and streamline their jobs to help avoid burnout and improve their work/life balance in a healthy way.

1. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day” is not a reasonable excuse for taking on the massive workloads insurance adjusters are expected to handle on a daily basis. If you’re hitting your quotas and things are still piling up beyond your control, speaking up to other coworkers to see how they’re doing could help even out the workload if someone else is caught up. Just don’t forget to return the favor.

2. Acknowledge the Nature of the Business

Few professional settings experience the avalanche of new claims an insurance adjuster sees almost every day. But compounding that is the personal nature of the business. Some claims are regular, everyday occurrences like minor fender benders. Others involve more grisly details that may even hit close to home. Taking stock of that and understanding how that can subconsciously affect your personal life is nothing to be ashamed of.

3. Eat Healthy and Improve Your Sleep

Every “tips to improve your job” article contains this bullet point, but it’s true! Studies show that people who follow dietary standards and approach 8 hours of sleep every night are healthier, happier, and perform better in every aspect of their lives. It’s hard to maintain, but it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

4. Exercise Every Day

Following closely behind the first health-related section comes this: daily exercise controls weight gain, combats health conditions, improves mood, boosts energy, encourages better sleep, and helps sexual performance. What more could you ask for?

5. Utilize Third-Party Resources to Streamline Your Workflow

Thanks to the advent of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model and improved Internet connectivity, there’s no shortage of services and tools you can use to help improve your job. Because insurance adjusters often have to reference back to materials that are recorded (audio and video), it’s a smart strategy to request they be transcribed to a written format before they land on your desk. Not only is reading faster than scrubbing through a video or an audio file, it’s easier to search, helping streamline your workflow and deliver the information you need fast. If you’re searching for a reliable transcription service with experience in the insurance world, Transcription Hub can help. Contact us for a quote or submit your project using our online uploader today.