Burn Out At Work

Have you experienced burn out at work? Coaching is a stressful job. It would be very understandable if you have experienced bouts of burn out at work along the way.

NPR has an article out today about the efforts by the World Health Organization to bring attention to burn out at work.

The new definition calls it a “syndrome” and specifically ties burnout to “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, WHO does not classify the problem as a medical condition. It calls burnout an “occupational phenomenon” and includes it in a chapter on “factors influencing health status or contact with health services.”

Burn out is basically chronic stress at work which we fail to deal with or ignore.

You can identify it by these characteristics:

According to WHO, burnout is characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.”

One of the best books that I’ve read on avoiding burnout, while still performing at a high level is Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness.

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