I probably don’t have to tell you what burnout is – it’s usually linked to work-related stress, and leaves us feeling depleted of energy, emotionally exhausted, distracted, negative, and less able to perform and feel accomplishment at our job. Although not the same as depression, the correlation between burnout and depression is very high. We need to take burnout seriously.
If you feel burned out, you might endorse statements like these: I rarely find new and interesting aspects in my work; It happens more and more often that I talk about my work in a negative way; Lately, I tend to think less about my work tasks and do them almost mechanically; Sometimes I feel sickened by my work; After work, I tend to need more time than in the past in order to relax and feel better; and while doing work, I feel emotionally drained.
Research shows that when we reduce burnout and increase well-being at work, the obvious really does happen – a big boost in happiness and productivity. Here are some steps we can all take to tackle burnout: