Is Your Team Suffering from Burnout? Here’s How to HelpBy Diana Kelly Levey
You or your colleagues may have complained you’re “burned out” before. But have you ever thought about what it means, and what the differences between burnout and extreme stress are? It turns out: Burnout is now officially a medical diagnosis. This May, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared burnout an occupational phenomenon resulting from chronic workplace stress that hasn’t been successfully managed.
Doctors can now diagnose someone with burnout syndrome if they have the following three symptoms:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- Increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one's job
- Reduced professional efficacy
Hopefully, this official declaration brings to light the severity of this mental-health issue and how workplaces can make improvements to improve employees’ well-being.
According to The American Institute of Stress, one of the largest causes of stress is “workload” (46 percent). Nearly one in four employees (23 percent) from a 2018 Gallup study of 7,500 employees said they reported feeling burned out at work “very often or always,” and an additional 44 percent felt burned out “sometimes.”
It’s not just corporate America that’s experiencing the burden of burnout. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found t