What Is Burnout?

In the psychological term, burnout is the feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion, because of stress from working with the negative or toxic people under demanding or difficult situations. In this era, all are working might felt regardless of job types in your workplaces. And in that situation question rise in your mind is,

Do I deserve this? Is it good for me?

Mostly anyone hardly likes to work in such workplaces or tolerate such situations when their growth is zero. In general, we all look forward to working in an environment to improve our career growth. What’s the solution if I am burn-out? Let’s explore the options and burnout in detail.

WHO’S Clarification

The WHO clarified the “burn-out” as ICD-11 syndrome. It is not a disorder. It's kind of syndrome which is related to chronic work-related issues. This can occur in all forms of stress related to employment. Job burnout is not a medical condition but can affect a person’s mental and physical health. In general, the burnout term is etiologically and clinically similar to the depression. The symptoms of depressed persons and burned out persons are similar.

Types Of Burnout

The burnout is not same for all. The signs of burnout are different in different people. It can’t be seen the same in all due to various conditions. The job burn-outs are of different types based on the situation the person in. Sometimes, one may not know the difference between stress and burn-out. So one needs to find what type they belong.

Highly dedicated Worker

This type includes a situation where one is loaded with more work. They often extend their work time to complete the work to keep up their words. They sacrifice their duties and their time to finish their assigned tasks to meet the demands of their clients or higher co-ordinates. This may lead to overload burnout. This makes the person unmotivated and passive.

Overconfidence worker

This type includes a person who is willing to take more responsibilities and failing miserably in completing it in time. This result in discouraging them for their incompetence. This is called neglect burn out. This makes them distant from their job at some point and develop negativism and failed to lose hope on them.

Authoritative worker

This type includes the person where they feel like unappreciated and develop their hatred towards their job. They feel the under-challenge burn-out. They feel like how much effort they put still unappreciated by higher officials. They seek perfection in their work and likely to spend a lot of time in their work and lack the speed to complete the tasks. This puts them under burn-out.

Symptoms/Signs Of Burnout

Some common signs a person might be experienced when feeling like burned out.

  • Feeling physical and mental exhaustion.

  • Reduce memory and attention.

  • High risk of getting coronary diseases.

  • Affect the mental health conditions of the person.

  • Feeling a headache.

  • Negative attitude towards work (or being pro-active).

  • Loss of motivation

  • Avoiding responsibilities

  • Lack of interest in a job which may lead to a decrease in job performance

Treatment And Prevention

Like already mentioned, burnout is not a disorder. But it's important to keep us healthy physically and mentally happy.

  • At individual level

one can reduce their stress by their action. The development of these personal traits may help them in reducing their stress.

  1. Assertive.

  2. Bold.

  3. Managing the negative thoughts in their workplace.

  4. Learning to speak up their difficulties with their higher officials.

  5. Decisive.

  6. Better boundaries between work life and personal life by learning to say ‘NO’

  • At the organisation level

Some of these may help employees to encourage the workers in a positive way, and which may help to improve the company’s growth indeed.

  1. Providing a friendly environment for the employee.

  2. Support their work.

  3. Encouraging the employee's work.

  4. Appreciation of workers effort and suggestion to reduce their negatives.

  5. Task assigning to a worker’s potential.

  6. Providing space to worker’s development at their career level.

Thus, burnout is an insidious condition at a psychological level. It happens gradually, over a long period of time. But the consequences can be life-altering, which is why it's important to spot the signs early and take the steps to rise up from this to shine in your work. Let's not forget how valuable your life is and prevents deterioration of your potential.