BURNOUT

WHAT IS BURNOUT?

 

The World Health Organization has recently updated its definition of burnout as a "syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed" and the three major symptoms.

  1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion

  2. Increased mental distance from one's job or feelings negative towards one's career

  3. Reduced professional productivity

WHY WORRY ABOUT BURNOUT?

PHYSICAL EFFECTS

  • Higher rates of musculoskeletal pain

  • Higher rates of heart disease

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Sleep disorders

  • Headaches

  • Prolonged fatigue

  • Weakened immune system

  • Higher rates of hospitalization

  • Higher mortality rates

MENTAL EFFECTS

  • Higher rates of depression

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Higher rates of mental disorder treatments

  • More likely to be hospitalized for mental health symptoms

  • Higher rates of suicide

  • Higher rates of mental breakdown

OCCUPATIONAL EFFECTS

  • Lower job satisfaction

  • Higher rates of presenteeism (coming to work sick/not being productive at work)

  • Higher rates of absenteeism

  • Higher turnover rates

  • Decreased productivity

  • Lower work "culture"

  • Increased healthcare expenditure

  • Increased disability claims

BURNOUT SCREENING TOOL

Please read the following statements. Click the circle next to the number that best indicates your feelings about the statement. 

6

5

4

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0

Every day

A few times a week

Once a week

A few times a month

Once a month or less

A few times a year

Never

I feel burned out from my work.

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