Burnout now officially a work-related stress condition

Anyone who has ever experienced burnout knows that it is usually a result of highly stressful work-related conditions. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has made “burnout” an official categorization of work-related stress–WHO has defined burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”  Burnout will also be included in the organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a reason to contact health services outside of illnesses or health conditions.  In short, it is nothing to take lightly…

Symptoms of Burnout

  • Increased mental distance from one’s job
  • Feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy
  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • Reduced professional efficacy

Some Causes of Burnout (according to WHO)

-Poor communication and management practices

-Limited participation in decision-making

-Unclear tasks or organizational objectives

WorkBetter Consulting adds to this list:

-Unrealistic expectations and goals for employees set by employers

-Bullying behaviors permitted/tolerated within the work culture environment

-Little improvement experienced despite continued employee efforts

How many people are experiencing burnout?

-A surprising 64% of U.S. professionals report frequently feeling stressed or frustrated at their job

-Even more distressing, 91% saying that having an unmanageable amount of stress negatively impacted the quality of their work

(See infographic of survey results)

Why you should be concerned about burnout/work-related stress:

Prolonged stressful conditions in the workplace can adversely affect your emotional and physical health and well-being.  This threat to health and well-being can be serious.


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