Burnout is a work-related process of chronic stress and disengagement.
The 3 Dimensions of Burnout
Burnout has three dimensions, which are as follows:
- Exhaustion: Feeling emotionally exhausted, depleted, and a loss of energy
- Cynicism: Having a negative attitude toward clients and those you work with, feeling irritable, and withdrawing from people and activities you once enjoyed
- Inefficacy: Experiencing diminished personal accomplishment, a perceived decline in competence or productivity, and expending energy at work without seeing any results
What Causes Burnout?
The Burnout Formula is a combination of too many job demands (aspects of your job that require sustained effort and energy), too few job resources (aspects of your job that stimulate growth and learning and help you accomplish your goals), and too little recovery (the way you re-charge at work, after work each night, on the weekends, and on vacations).
In addition to the Burnout Formula above, an imbalance or disconnect in these six areas makes a person more prone to burning out:
- Lack of autonomy
- Values conflict
- Insufficient reward
- Work overload
- Lack of high-quality work relationships
To learn more about the Warning Signs of burnout, take a look at this Psychology Today article written by our founder, Paula Davis.
What Helps Prevent Burnout?
In order to prevent burnout, you must build your stress resilience and plug back into the things that engage you. There are very specific, research-based skills that we teach meant to help you do both – build your stress resilience and your engagement.
To learn more, click on our group coaching, workshops, and speaking pages. You can also get more information from our e-books and free resources.
*Personal correspondence with Maj. Lauren A. Shure, Deputy Chief, Special Victims’ Counsel Division, United States Air Force
**Firm Administrator Conference of a large legal malpractice insurance carrier. August 2017