This year the WHO announced that Burnout is now a medical condition caused by workplace exhaustion. Doctors can diagnose it if patients exhibit these three symptoms:
feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
reduced professional efficacy.
To know if you are in a healthy or toxic situation or environment, you can look for these behaviors in yourself:
Healthy behavior: Challenge yourself to grow, Moving beyond comfort zones, Knowing when to rest and play
Toxic behavior: Grinding all day and night, Prioritising work above everything else, Wearing productivity like an honor badge, Forcing outcomes at all costs.
The reason for toxic behavior is often caused a toxic work culture (extrinsic factor) or unaddressed fears about worthiness - “If I achieve so and so, then I will be enough!” (intrinsic factor).
Global News also interviewed Christina Maslach of UC Berkley; she is one of the pioneers in burnout research and therapy.