Occupational Burnout

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What is burnout? It’s not just the result of working long hours on the job. Burnout can result from not feeling valued at work, lacking social support, and feeling out of control of your job situation.

Paula Davis-Laack for Psychology Today defines burnout as: “the chronic state of being out of sync with one or more aspects of your life, and the result is a loss of energy, enthusiasm, and confidence.” She outlines the six sources of occupational burnout as: lack of control, values conflict, insufficient reward, work overload, unfairness, and breakdown of community.

Problems at work can overlap into problems in your home life. Kenneth R. Rosen of The New York Times writes: “These stressors can manifest in outbursts against co-workers, violence or anger toward loved ones at home, loss of appetite and passion for things once loved, or being unable to find motivation for things that you were able to accomplish with ease.”

Have you experienced burnout at work before? Do you think this problem can be solved, or will it continue to get worse?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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