“Burn out” is used to describe mental and physical exhaustion caused by long-term unmanaged stress. This term originated in the 1970s and in May 2019 it was officially acknowledged by The World Health Organization as they included burnout in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). According to a survey conducted by Indeed, 52% of the employees are feeling burned out while 67% believe that the feeling has worsened during the pandemic. In a WHO study, it was estimated that anxiety and depression cost US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity globally. Additionally, most employees who resign from their jobs normally state burnout as their number one reason. With that being said, most people assume that individuals should deal with burnout by themselves however the responsibility to tackle this challenge lies with organizations and managers. To prove this point, a survey of 7,500 full-time employees by Gallup showed that the main 5 reasons for burnout are:
These results clearly emphasize how employers are responsible for their employee’s burnout and a proper strategy could help prevent this issue.
As Jennifer Moss, author of the book, “The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It,” said in her interview with CNBC, “The future of work is here, and that means we need to test some new rules out,”
Warning Signs of Burnout
Recognizing the early signs of burnout plays an important role in preventing this issue. According to Maslach & Leiter (2008), the following factors are recognized as early predictors of burnout:
In a study, the main signs of stress and burnout were stated as below:
Stress normally manifests as:
There are 3 tests to help individuals diagnose burnout:
It’s recommended that if any of the results on any self-reported assessment show you that you might be struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression, you should try to seek help from a professional. Therapists can help you tackle this challenge and improve your well-being. Espritmind also offers online therapy with mental health professionals and guides you to a better mental and physical state.