Now a day’s more and more people are facing burnout at their workplace due to various reasons. During a recent study, it was seen that out of 7500 full time workers 23% of them often got into burnout mode while 44% were entering into burnout mode sometimes. Though this isn’t considered as a medical condition and researchers call it as occupational disease. According to the researcher’s burnout is mostly seen in people who are linked to high levels of stress, social work, teaching, police work, and healthcare as well as customer services.
All about burnout issues:
This is defined as a syndrome which is caused due to chronic workplace stress and pressure which isn’t managed successfully. There are organizations which provide great leadership development programs, coaching workshops on well being and mental health first aid training etc. Burnout might also include feelings of exhaustion or energy depletion, negative feelings towards one’s job and it might also include the reduced belief that a person has the capability to do his job to produce good results. It can also include the mental, physical and emotional exhaustion due to long term and unresolved stress levels at the work place. Sometimes burnout is not just related to work related stress. Moderate stress levels at work can also have a positive outcome.
According to certain studies stress can actually help boost an individual’s motivational levels while improving their mental performance in a short period. This has been concluded at the study conducted at the University of California by Elizabeth Kirby. Kirby also said that to a certain level, stress is good as it will help you to reach an optimal level of alertness whether it is cognitive or behavioral performance.
Medical professionals are of the view that the only difference between stress and burnout is a point at which stress can cause serious health issues. Stress is common for all but it would vary in levels in different persons as each one might go through different phases of life. The higher a person would undergo stress, the higher would be the levels of cortisol released which is a stress hormone and it isn’t good for health. With increase in stress, a person might start experiencing low moods, mood swings and anxiety which might lead to impaired cognitive skills due to chronic stress. This decreases the ability of a person to think logically and to perform tasks effectively.