What Is Burnout?

May 10, 2023

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines burnout as:

“an occupational syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress.”

Let’s help make that definition clearer:

Occupational = related to your job.
Workplace stress = caused by your job.

Why is this important? 🤔

Sometimes people believe that burnout is caused by factors outside of your work.

This is not true.

Removing the things you enjoy from your personal life to try and manage your workplace stress will not work.

In fact, the opposite is true.

To avoid burnout, you must continue to do the things you enjoy outside of work.

Whether that’s meeting up with close friends, going for a walk in nature, or thrashing the guitar!

And how to figure out if you have one?

You could start with our free tests. You can do it as often as you want, and there should be a small orange pop-up on your screens where you can access the test.

Burnout is something that sneaks up on you. Indeed, it doesn't happen like the flu one night. But several things will make it more likely to happen.
The most common drivers for burnout are continuous stress, unfairness, and lack of autonomy. Not a shocker, right?

So if these three are something you experience daily or weekly. Be aware.
You will be more likely to experience some burnout symptoms in the long run if things don't change.

How to share my worry about burnout in my company?

That's a valid worry there! You can't change a whole company by yourself. But what you can do is to share what you just learned.
You can share the WHO's explanation of burnout with your team and team leads. And add our burnout risk test to it.
You may find out you are not alone with your burnout worries🫶

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