Do you feel overwhelmed by your workload? Do you think your work quality is not enough? Do you think you don’t receive clear guidelines from your boss? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ you may be suffering from occupational burnout.

What is occupational burnout?

This term refers to the exhaustion and feeling of ineffectiveness that some workers have. The consequences of this disorder are: failing to achieve objectives, lack of professional motivation and feelings of unfulfillment.

The occupational burnout may be caused by different factors: heavy workload, lack of motivation, overstrain or lack of commitment to the organisation. All this causes occupational stress, which has consequences both at a psychological and physical level.

According to experts, there are three different types of burnout:

  1. Frenetic: characterised by a feeling of overload that ultimately leads to neglecting the personal life in order to spend all efforts and time on work. This type of burnout is strongly related to workaholics.
  2. Under-challenged: characterised by a lack of motivation caused by monotony, which ultimately makes workers feel indifferent towards their tasks.
  3. Worn-out: as workers feel that nobody controls or recognise their work, they end up by not worrying about their responsibilities and not being interested in any work-related aspect.

How can you fight it back?

To prevent and face occupational burnout is up to both each employee and the organisation.

Employees have to take into account these three key aspects in order to avoid this type of stress:

  1. They have to comprehend that not everything can be perfect and they have to be able to forget about work when not working.
  2. They have to try to avoid monotony and to establish new challenges and objectives.
  3. They have to try to give their best and be satisfied with the job done.

Companies should acknowledge the value of the professionals that are good at their job and also should to take actions for the employees no be burnout:

  1. Employees should be encouraged to make their own decisions.
  2. Employees’ efforts should be recognised and valued.
  3. Flexible working hours should be implemented so conciliation can take place.
  4. Training and new skills should be available to workers.

Are you burnt out? Take action before it’s too late.


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