Are you burnt out at work? Ask yourself these 4 questions
It’s normal to feel stressed at work from time to time. But for some people, the stress becomes all-consuming, leading to exhaustion, cynicism and hatred towards your job. This is known as burnout.
Burnout used to be classified as a problem related to life management, but last week the World Health Organisation re-labelled the syndrome as an “occupational phenomenon” to better reflect that burnout is a work-based syndrome caused by chronic stress.
The newly listed dimensions of burnout are:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
- reduced professional efficacy (work performance).
In the era of smartphones and 24-7 emails, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to switch off from the workplace and from those who have power over us.
The new definition of burnout should be a wake-up call for employers to treat chronic stress that has not been successfully managed as a work health and safety issue.
How do you know if you’re burnt out?
If you think you might be suffering burnout, ask yourself the following questions:
- has anyone close to you asked you to cut down on your work?
- in recent months have you become angry or resentful about your work or about colleagues, clients or patients?
- do you feel guilty that you are not spending enough time with your friends, family ...