Burdened with multiplied tasks and overtime work, people often complain that they are literally burned at work. This phenomenon in medicine is called “burnout” syndrome. “Burnout” syndrome or job burnout is particularly common in times of economic crisis when mass dismissals result in permanent anxiety among workers forcing them to work longer and harder.
It is understood as the emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged exposure to stress at work. The disease was first noted in health care workers, and secondly in the professions that involve direct contact with people ( police officers, teachers, managers, tellers ).
Both men and women are affected to the same extent, and younger, less experienced staff categories are more exposed to the risk of job burnout. Several stressors, especially help the occurrence of “burnout” syndrome. Typically, an experience that efforts are not adequately rewarded, and then the indifference and neglect by the bosses. Permanent stress eventually leads to feelings of exhaustion, fatigue, loss of motivation, feeling of reduced self-worth, forgetfulness. Even the time spent outside of office no longer brings a feeling of satisfaction.
Headaches become more frequent, there is increased need for sleep or insomnia, and chronic exposure to stress causes a decline in immunity and frequent infections. As soon as you recognize the signs of burnout, the faster you’ll be able to re-establish a balance in life. The first step towards that is taking an active approach. This means that if a problem arose from the organization or work schedules, it should be discussed with the authorities. If nothing else, communication at least contributes to reducing the feeling of helplessness.
The same goes for an interview with a difficult boss or unsympathetic colleagues. But as we said, this is only the first step – individual changes are required. That means slowing the daily rhythm, making a break, setting your own boundaries, make a list of priorities, better time management, etc. If you continue to feel exhausted, inefficient and increasingly cynical in touch with the people, your job even might not be the right choice for you. Life is not long enough to spend 10 hours each day dealing with things you don’t like.