What Is Workplace Burnout?


In 2019, ‘burnout’ was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an ‘occupational phenomenon’. Workplace burnout is a growing problem that...

In 2019, ‘burnout’ was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an ‘occupational phenomenon’. Workplace burnout is a growing problem that affects individuals in all types of industries and occupations. It is characterized by feelings of exhaustion and lack of accomplishment which can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental and physical health.

One of the main causes of workplace burnout is stress. This can come from a variety of sources, such as unrealistic workloads, tight deadlines, and a lack of control over one’s work. Additionally, many people experience burnout as a result of a lack of support and recognition from their colleagues and managers.

The symptoms of burnout can vary, but they often include physical and emotional exhaustion, a lack of motivation, and a decrease in productivity. People who are experiencing burnout may also feel detached from their work, and may have trouble focusing or completing tasks.

To prevent and manage workplace burnout, it is important to take steps to reduce stress and increase support and recognition.

Tips for preventing workplace burnout:

  • Setting realistic goals and priorities for yourself and your work
  • Learning to say “no” to unreasonable demands
  • Taking regular breaks and making time for self-care activities
  • Building a strong support network at work, including colleagues and managers
  • Practicing mindfulness and stress-management techniques
  • Finding ways to increase control over your work and make it more meaningful
  • Seeking professional help if you are experiencing symptoms of burnout

It’s also important for employers to take steps to prevent burnout among their employees.

Tips for employers:

  • Providing opportunities for professional development and growth
  • Encouraging a healthy work-life balance
  • Providing support and recognition for employees
  • Promoting a positive work culture
  • Addressing and addressing any issue that may be causing stress

It is important to note that burnout is not just a personal issue, it can also have a negative impact on the organization and the people around you. Burnout can lead to high turnover rates, decreased productivity, and a negative work environment. Employers can help prevent burnout by creating a supportive and positive work culture, promoting a healthy work-life balance, and addressing any issues that may be causing stress for employees.

In conclusion, workplace burnout is a serious problem that affects individuals and organizations alike. It is caused by stress as well as a lack of support and can have a significant impact on an individuals physical and mental health.

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*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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