Constant feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, trouble sleeping, tension and stress experienced day after day… these are the most typical symptoms of occupational burnout. How to recognize its first signs and deal with this condition?
Nowadays, when our jobs are demanding and take most of our time, more and more people complain about showing symptoms of occupational burnout. According to E. Aronson, “burnout is a sate of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding”. Until recently, people working directly with others, such as salesmen, teachers or doctors were considered the group of highest risk. This theory proved wrong – currently burnout affects people of different age and profession. Oversensitive, neurotic people, who tend to depend on others support and feel uncomfortable in new situations and challenges, are particularly vulnerable to fall victim of this condition.
Occupational burnout symptoms
Occupational burnout may appear as a result of different factors, of both personal and professional nature. It is worth paying attention to causes and results of this syndrome. Cherniss, (after: Fengler, 2000) singled out a group of following burnout symptoms:
- Feeling of underachievement and disappointment
- Anger and hostility
- Feeling of guilt
- Lack of courage
- Negative attitude, isolation, withdrawal and indifference
- Everyday tiredness and exhaustion
- “Watching the clock” habit
- Extreme tiredness after work
- Loss of po...
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