Workplace Burnout Is Officially an “Occupational Phenomenon”—Here’s What You Can Do About It
Since first entering the cultural lexicon in the mid-1970s, burnout has rapidly become an everyday reality for many—if not the majority—of those working a 9-to-5 job. And now, the term is officially being recognized as an “occupational phenomenon.” According to the World Health Organization, the agency that guides many health providers and organizations, burnout is the direct result of “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” Sound familiar?
The World Health Organization says that burnout can be diagnosed if a patient exhibits the following symptoms: Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; reduced professional efficacy. While the new definition only begins to explain the complex condition, health experts are hopeful that this acknowledgement will help bring more awareness to the issue, as well as legitimize the feelings of those who suffer from burnout…
How to be resilient
Resilience is the ability to bounce back, and it’s something all future leaders need in their career – from the moment they’re starting out.
When new challenges are thrown your way, there is always a chance that you might fail. Many people fear failure, but resilient people embrace it. If you can pick yourself up after a failure at work, learn from it and try again, you’ll set yourself apart from others. Resilience will be needed throughout your studies and career, and it’s particularly important in times of change.
“The best leaders know that failure is often the price of success,” says Jo Owen, author of Management Book of the Year category winner Myths of Leadership. “The difference between failure and success is as simple as giving up. Don’t give up. Resilience is the product of four other mindsets: belief in your mission, reaching out for support…