Burnout: How to recognise it

Global News Canada published an interesting report about Burnout; the video is on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/5QIkR7f9oSU

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.

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/5500789/burnout-heres-how-to-recognize-the-symptoms/