It may not be a condition that is popular in terms of the admission of having it. That does not change the fact that many employees and professionals alike are suffering from it.
A recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that “burnout” is now recognized as a disease. WHO defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.
Symptoms of burnout include the following:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
- Increased mental distance from your job;
- Feelings of negativism or cynicism related to your job;
- Reduced professional efficacy.
Recognition of the symptoms of burnout is important for the next phase of addressing and treating what is now officially categorized as a disease.
What strategies have you found that are effective in tackling burnout? Do let me know I an genuinely interested.
Marie-Helene Sakowski – Business Consultant – Change & Transition – firstname.lastname@example.org.