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   Employees who work in high-stress environments
   are at the highest risk of suffering employee
   burnout.  Characterized by exhaustion, a lack of
   motivation and feelings of ineffectiveness or
   frustration, burn out is a condition caused by
   chronic and prolonged stress that leads to
   reduced efficacy and productivity within the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Click image above to enlarge  
     Although the topic of burnout has garnered significant media attention during the past few years, there
    isn’t one clear definition of what employee burnout is amongst medical professionals and psychologists.
    In fact, “burnout” isn’t even a diagnosable syndrome in the way that other conditions, like depression or
    anxiety, are.  This indecision amongst experts has left employers and employees alike without a clear
    sense of what burnout is or how to recognize it. 

    So how do you tell the difference between stress and burnout?
    Because burnout is loosely defined as a result of prolonged stress, it can be very difficult to distinguish
    between the two.  There are, however, a few key differences that can help employers identify who on their
    staff is just stressed, and who might be dealing the far more serious condition of burnout:

    What causes employee burnout?
    Despite the lack of a clear diagnostic definition of burnout, there is some consensus about what causes
    burnout in the workforce:

         Unclear/unrealistic requirements
          It’s virtually impossible for an employee to meet or exceed expectations if they’re not entirely sure of
          what their job requirements are. Employees facing unclear or unrealistic expectations often feel
          overwhelmed with confusion and self-doubt.

          Lack of downtime
          While most professions have some sort of “busy season” or a production cycle that ebbs and flows,                 employees who are constantly scrambling during what feels like a perpetual busy season without any
          hope of a slower pace or “downtime” to look forward to are at a very high risk of developing burnout.

          High-stakes consequences
          If a typical office worker makes a mistake, they will undoubtedly face some sort of consequence, up to
          and including termination. And while dealing with job insecurity is an unavoidable part of being
          employed, for some professions it is by no means the worst thing that can happen if they make a
          mistake at work. Doctors, for instance, have to make decisions that can mean the difference between
          life and death for their patients on a regular basis. No wonder physicians have one of the highest rates
          of burnout.

          What are the consequences of burnout?
          In addition to the devastating physical, mental and emotional effects burnout can have on individual
          employees and their families, burnout can also cause a number of problems for employers, including:
    • Increased rates of absenteeism
    • Lower levels of productivity
    • Reduced employee engagement
    • Higher employee benefits costs
    • Higher incidence of conflict between employees
          Want to learn more about employee burnout?
          Check out the video at to watch
          their webinar: “Breaking Burnout: Understanding & Preventing Employee Burnout.”


STRESS - Forbes (0:56) 
It's a simple matter of self-care and here is how they recommend you start:
  • Disconnect
  • Pay attention to your body signals
  • Schedule relaxation
  • Stay away from sleeping pills
  • Get organized
  • Take regular breaks during the workday
  • Lean on your support system