The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified job burnout as a syndrome. It is more than just a “thing” that people feel. This classification has major health and social implications for anyone in the workforce. It also adds another level of urgency for people considering a Job Search or Career transition.
What is JOB burnout?
According to WHO, job burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. As a result, it is characterized by:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- increased mental distance from one’s job
- feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
- reduced professional efficacy
Which are the WARNING signs?
Job Burnout can be caused by different reasons, but some of the common warning signs are:
- Personal-Professional imbalance
- Change of attitude
- Downgraded work quality
- Lack of social support
Furthermore, some of the consequences of job burnout include:
- Excessive stress
- Sadness, anger or irritability
- Alcohol or substance misuse
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Vulnerability to illnesses
What are the implications?
Most noteworthy is that, according to Psychology Today, it is important to have a sense of purpose. Does your work have an impact on others? Does it make the world a better place? In addition, if a person doesn’t tailor responsibilities to match a true calling, or at least take a break once in a while, the person could, consequently, face a mountain of mental and physical health problems.
How can you deal with job burnout?
Most importantly learn to say “No”. Saying “no”—or “not today,” or “sorry, I can’t”—never comes easily. But when the demands others make on us become overwhelming, drawing boundaries is critical. In addition, you can evaluate other options such as:
- Seek support
- Try a relaxing activity
- Get some exercise
- Get some sleep.
Now that job burnout has been classified as a syndrome, you should be looking for the warning signs. Are you at the point where you need to start your Job Search or Career Transition?