Updated 12:24 p.m.
The World Health Organization just officially classified work BURN OUT as a “syndrome” and ties it to “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. Despite previous reports, the WHO is not classifying the problem as a ‘disease’ or medical condition. WHO calls burnout an “occupational phenomenon”.
Torsten Voigt, a sociologist at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, who published a review of existing studies on burnout in 2017, says that the new definition give people who suffer burnout more legitimacy.
So what is burn out?
Symptoms include: Exhaustion, negative or cynical feelings related to your job, mental distance from your job or reduced “professional efficacy” (i.e. you’re no longer doing a good job or getting stuff done as you used to!)