Work-related stress is one of the biggest health and safety challenges that we face in Europe, with one in four workers affected.
Between 50% – 60% of all lost working days are related to excessive work stress and the annual economic cost in the EU is estimated at 20 billion Euros.
Burnout is a stress phenomenon, caused by prolonged work pressure which exceeds the individual’s ability to cope. It results in physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, cynicism, work-related self-doubt and inefficiency.
- People at a particular risk of burnout include:
- Those seen as “top performers” or “high flyers”
- Those with very high initial motivation who become disappointed or feel they lost theirs illusions
- Career driven individuals who are no longer able to cope with work pressure
- Those within helping professions (social workers, health service professionals, teachers).
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR?
Burnout affects productivity and energy levels, leaving those affected increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Most people have days when we feel bored, overloaded, or unappreciated. If you feel like this most of the time, however, you may be experiencing burnout. Here are some warning signs:
- Every day is a bad day.
- You don’t care about work life or home life
- You feel tired all the time
- Most things you do during the day feel either boring or overwhelming.
- Seems like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.
The negative effects of burnout affect every area of life—including your personal and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term physical damage by making you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away.