Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed or stretched thin sometimes? But if you are tired, you’ll feel well as soon as you relax. But when relentless work stress pushes you into the debilitating state we call burnout, it becomes a problem, affecting not just your own.
We know that burnout is a three-component syndrome that arises in response to chronic stressors on the job:
- Exhaustion is the central symptom of burnout. It comprises profound physical, cognitive, and emotional fatigue that undermines the ability to work effectively and feel positive about what they’re doing.
- Cynicism, also called depersonalization, represents an erosion of engagement. It is essentially a way of distancing yourself psychologically from your work.
- Inefficacy refers to feelings of incompetence and a lack of achievement and productivity. People with this symptom of burnout feel their skills slipping and worry that they won’t be able to succeed in certain situations or accomplish certain tasks.
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Sources: Harvard Business School