Burnout is now an Occupational Phenomenon

Burnout: Occupational Phenomenon


The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially mentioned workplace burnout as an occupational phenomenon. For the first time in the medical history, in the latest revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), ‘burnout’ is identified as ICD-11. In previous recognition of burnout, it was said to be a “state of exhaustion.” But, for now, it is serving as an interlink between work and health. It is an immediate result as a work hazard.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday conceptualized Burnout to be a syndrome arising from chronic stress put over in the workplace. The reason workplace stress is not channelized properly gives a proportionate health hazard known as burnout. According to the WHO, a phenomenon that is only applicable in the context of occupation and not to is implied to explain experiences in other areas of life is said to be a burn out condition.

In medical terms, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not refer to it as a medical condition. Rather it has classified burnout based on three factors:-

  1. Reduced professional efficacy;
  2. Feelings of exhaustion and energy depletion;
  3. Feelings of negativism or cynicism or increased mental distance from one’s job.

Certain work stress even induces and aid to commit suicide. But, the sooner you detect this, the lighter you will feel after consulting the doctors. Burnout is included for the crowd to contact health services for some logical reasons. According to Dan Schawbel, the syndrome is now turning into an ‘epidemic.’ Being a research director at HR advisory firm Future Workplace considers the situation of burnout to worsen with the days passing. Dan also mentioned that when the workers are put into high standards of targets and goals, burnout seems to take the front seat. Workers take advantage of are the results of stressed out victims of burnout.

When the give and take relationship between the employer and the employee turns to be imbalanced, the employee feels not being fairly compensated. Some organizations feel humans be machines, and that is why they go on shortening their vacation days. Outside of normal work hours, continuous response to e-mails or calls makes it hectic for the workers. This is the reason; Dan blames technology to be a reason behind Burnout. It not only mitigates the environment with negative vibes for the workers but completely prevents professional success.  Different researchers believe that incentives for companies would not lead a better environment for workers. On a serious note, more strict laws and labor unions will protect workers against this odd.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is under the process of making “evidence-based” guidelines to stabilize the mental balance in the workplace. By 2022, the International Classification of Diseases is going to implement the revisions. Fixing a bone or surgery is easy than fixing a healthy balanced lifestyle for people. If every step promulgated in a workspace consists of a healthy culture, less absenteeism and more presenters can be visualized. Video game addiction is also a post-bonus effect. It is better to ask for medical help than hiding it and working over and over on it.


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