Defining Burnout

Defining Burnout

The Maslach Burnout Inventory, developed by a professor of psychology at the University of California, tries to define burnout by fielding the following criteria: Fatigue, cynicism, negativity towards one’s life or job role, along with reduced job performance.

The results showed that burnout is relative, and how we define it depends on not one, but all the listed criteria.

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  • Many of us are heading towards burnout, but aren’t there yet. If we are overextended, disengaged and ineffective in our job roles, we are on the verge of burnout.
  • Avoiding true burnout is vital as work gets tougher, longer and harder to do for most people. People are scared to lose their jobs due to the pandemic, and corporates know how to squeeze maximum work out of them.
  • One needs to identify the workplaces with unmanageable workload and instead of booting out the employees who cannot stand the heat, the new argument is to turn down the heat itself.

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Burnout as an occupational phenomenon

To suffer from burnout is to be used up, like a spent battery that can't be recharged. Defining symptoms are exhaustion, cynicism, and loss of productivity.

The World Health Organization recognized burnout as an occupational phenomenon in 2019 but it is not listed as a medical condition. Multiple studies suggest burnout symptoms are identical to depression.

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The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

Effective goal-setting underlies the fundamental aspect of your motivation and keeps stressful situations at bay.

If you don’t set goals in positive, attainable ways, you may fall into a cycle of stress and negative emotions, hindering your decision-making, breeding a lack of creativity, and eventually making you feel mentally exhausted and burnt out.

Burnout

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that one has failed to manage.

We may think that burnout, due to work or even otherwise, is something that only happens to others. Studies show that the burnout prevalence rates are 69 percent in the workforce which includes teachers and medical interns.

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