Are you feeling exhausted at work? Do you find yourself waking up each morning dreading the tasks ahead of you? If so, you're not alone.
Occupational burnout is a real phenomenon, and it's one that can seriously impact your physical and psychological functioning.
What Is Occupational Burnout?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently classified workplace burnout as an occupational phenomenon.
WHO classifies workplace burnout as a syndrome that results in chronic, unaddressed workplace stress. The symptoms of occupational burnout include:
- feeling emotionally exhausted or depleted
- detachment from one's job
- feeling negative or cynical towards one's job
- increased feelings of irritability and frustration
- reduced professional efficacy
Burnout can be attributed to several different factors. All employees in all industries are prone to experiencing this phenomenon. However, there are a few risk factors that may increase the risk.
An excessive and unrealistic workload can definitely result in burnout. Everyone has a threshold for maximum performance. When that threshold is tested, it's normal to become exhausted, resentful, and jaded.
Don't get along with your boss? An unhealthy dynamic doesn't just create stress and frustration. It can be a direct cause of occupational burnout.
Feeling unsupported by management can lead to unresolved anger and cracks within the team environment.
Lack of Acknowledgment And Reward
While good salaries motivate people, money isn't the only factor when it comes to workplace satisfaction. A lack of compensation or even acknowledgment can make even the most dedicated employee feel dejected.
Over time, this can lead to discontent and detachment. Conversely, the more employees feel appreciated for what they do, the more satisfied they’re likely to feel in the workplace.
If you work for an organization that contradicts your core values, it can lead to pessimism, resentment, and disengagement. It doesn't matter if it's a small value or a very important value.
While you don't need to agree with everything your company stands for, clashing values can make you feel powerless and hopeless—both of which can lead to burnout.
Working In A High-Risk Job
When you feel like your career is on the line every day, it's easy to become susceptible to burnout. Chronically working in a high-risk position can trigger mental exhaustion, as it may feel like every choice you make is a life-or-death decision.
Dealing With Work Stress
Over time, occupational burnout can lead to serious physical and psychological issues. These issues are increasingly problematic for recovering addicts in the workplace, as they may encounter relapse triggers. However, burnout is treatable. If you recognize yourself as having any of these symptoms, you may be struggling with this condition.
The first step is recognizing the importance of self-care. It is essential that you practice mindfulness and body-oriented wellness regularly. Implementing self-care helps you stay grounded, and it can help you feel restored and rejuvenated for tackling work.
You may also want to consider entering therapy. A therapist can help you determine the underlying issues related to your burnout. Furthermore, he or she may be able to help you distinguish if it's time to start looking for a new job.