In the recent update of its catalogue of diseases and injuries, the W.H.O. has officially recognised workplace “burn-out” as an ailment. Here is the WHO’s definition – in full:
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”
Concise, but lacking examples for self examination! So here is our handy, real world guide to workplace causes and symptoms! …
Conclusion : If you recognise any of these causes or symptoms then you may be suffering from burn-out! Or maybe you’re actually too clever for everyone? If you are doing any of these things maybe you’re not actually burnt-out and it’s time to move on to something even more challenging in your life! Good Luck!
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