Bouncing Back from Burnout
Things are getting back to normal and you should feel great, but you don't. You're exhausted - physically, mentally, and emotionally. What's going on?
You could be experiencing burnout. You're not alone. A recent survey from Indeed, 52% of people responding said they are experiencing burnout in 2021. That’s more than half!
As a speaker/expert I've been getting a lot of requests for my program on Bouncing Back from Burnout. And, in preparing for a presentation, I talk with some of their members about what they've been experiencing.
That includes a lot of frontline workers including medical workers and others working in healthcare. Last year, at the peak of the pandemic, they were experiencing burnout when they were working longer and harder in stressful situations without adequate opportunity to recover. But, even as things are opening up, many are still feeling burnout.
What about workers who work remotely? Do they experience less burnout? No. Those working remotely reported feeling more burnout than those working onsite. I expected the opposite, didn't you? But, it's understandable when there's no clear division between work and home. Especially with working parents who were trying to keep their job – and homeschooling their children as well.
What is Burnout?
Burn-out is not classified as a medical condition. It's included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an "occupational phenomenon".
We often hear burnout described as feeling physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. But, it's more than than. Here's a more detailed definition of burnout:
The last aspect, increased mental distancing or detachment from the job can lead to feelings of negativism or cynicism. And, this "pulling away" can also prevent people from getting the needed support from friends and family.
Are You Experiencing Burnout?
Find out now by using the Burnout Assessment Tool. This quick 5-minute assessment, developed by Wilmar Schaufeli, Hans De Witte, and Steffie Desart, shows adequate reliability and validity with other burnout measures—including the MBI and OLBI.
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