Do you feel helpless, disillusioned, completely exhausted and tired of your job? You may be on the brink of having a “burn out”. When you’re burned out, problems seem unconquerable and it’s hard to have the energy to do your tasks on your job, as well as take action to help yourself. The sadness caused by burn-out can threaten your job and of course your health.
WHO Recognizes Burn-Out Now
World Health Organization (WHO), for the first time, has considered “burn out” in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which is being used as a basis for diagnosis and classifies burn out as an “occupational syndrome” linked to long-term, unresolved, work-related stress. Since May 2019, the WHO has clearly stated that burnout must be understood as being specifically work-related.
The 3 Definition Of Burn-Out As Defined By WHO
Their definition is: “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
- reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”
Big Impact On Employees
That trio has a large impact on companies that they need to address burn out directly and quickly, while personal exhaustion may be the first and perhaps most acknowledged symptom of burn out, the other two suggests that burned out employees simply can’t work as effectively.
All Must Work Together
As a result, workers who are burned out often feel like their ambitions, idealism, and sense of worth are slowly being restrained and could have a large impact on one’s health.
Employers who are able to get ahead of the burnout syndrome will gain an advantage over their competitors. Not only will employees be healthier and happier, but they will produce more, deliver better service to customers and clients, have more loyalty to the organization, reduced absenteeism and contribute more to their job.