The Impact of Burnout

Burnout has been described as the biggest occupational hazard of the 21st century.  Here are some statistics:

  • 1 in 3 doctors are burned out at any given time
  • 70% of workers in the United States feel disengaged on some level at work
  • Globally, that number increases to 87%
  • 60% of healthcare workers say they are burned out.  Twenty-one percent always or often feel burned out, and of that group, 67% plan to look for a new job this year
  • In one study, 37% of public defenders met the criteria for burnout
  • Burnout in public accounting is so common that recruiters refer to it outright in employment ads

Burned out professionals are more disengaged, less productive, and more likely to make errors or mistakes.

Burnout Defined

Burnout is a work-related process of chronic stress and disengagement.

The 3 Dimensions of Burnout

Burnout has three dimensions, which are as follows:

  1. Exhaustion: Feeling emotionally exhausted, depleted, and a loss of energy
  2. Cynicism: Having a negative attitude toward clients and those you work with, feeling irritable, and withdrawing from people and activities you once enjoyed
  3. 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:

  1. Lack of autonomy
  2. Values conflict
  3. Insufficient reward
  4. Work overload
  5. Unfairness
  6. 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-Laack.

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.

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