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The 12 Stages of Burnout, According to Psychologists

Tell someone 'I'm sick' or 'I'm tired' and you're not really giving them much information. How sick? How tired? Do you have a mild cold or a dread disease? Are you a new parent who hasn't slept in months or did you just enjoy the party last night a little too much?

 

Burnout is the same. It comes in different degrees, from your common 'I can't wait for happy hour' variety, to far more serious 'I need to take a six-month sabbatical and re-evaluate my life' burnout. The appropriate response for different stages is very different.

 

So how do you know how burnt out you are exactly? Science, apparently, can help. Recently 99U's Hamza Khan dug up a classic Scientific American article (subscription required) that describes a 12-stage model of burnout developed by psychologists Herbert Freudenberger and Gail North. Here are the stages the scientists outline:


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As work pressure mounts and the need to compete with yourself and your partners becomes a reality, one is exposed to stress. Burnout is the result of your not being able to handle stress. Unfortunately, employee burnout is a serious issue today. Attrition is the result of burnout. However some corporates will not keep their employees for a long time in any case, so it is expected that employees will leave long before burnout takes place.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 2, 2017 11:41 PM

How bad is your burnout? Here's the scientific answer.

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How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout

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Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about.

After several years of head-down-focused work, day in and day out, you’ll start to feel the rigorous training you’ve forced your body to adopt has taken a toll. You’ll either push through or hit the wall hard. The most successful people have all dealt with this life-work challenge at some point. Below, seven of them share what they did to reset and recover.

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Burnout is the scariest thing that can happen to anyone including dedicated professionals. This might happen at any time although the most predictable time would be when you are well into your job. One of the causative factors is stress, and pressure to perform multiple tasks, graveyard shifts, and narrow deadlines. The curse of multitasking has made us even more susceptible to burnout!

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:31 PM

Personal stories are one of the best learning tools.

antonio velardo's curator insight, November 1, 2014 10:13 PM

"Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about."  This is SO TRUE!!!!

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How Employee Burnout Became An Epidemic And What It Might Take To Fix It

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You'd be forgiven for feeling a little burned out from hearing about burnout. For years, experts have been sounding alarms that modern workers are struggling with career-sinking levels of chronic exhaustion and other issues.

 

So when Charlie DeWitt, vice president of business development at Kronos, a workforce management software company, declares that "employee burnout has reached epidemic proportions," you may think you've heard it all before. But according to new research by Kronos and Future Workplace, burnout really is getting even worse and more widespread, and so are the consequences of it. This time around, there are some surprising reasons why—and a few steps employers can take right away to turn things around.


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Employee burnout needs to be tackled before it becomes an epidemic. This can be done by addressing work-life balance issues, grievance redressal systems, and ensuring that there are sufficient breaks from routine. Regular chances for a day out retreats where there is more of outdoors activities and less of workshops on abstruse topics will help. The excuse that 30 % attrition is OK is not a good trend. Exceedingly high attrition rates might be the result of employee burnout, and these need to be addressed seriously.
 
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 2, 2017 5:05 PM

This is a real issue that is often ignored. 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 3, 2017 1:13 PM

Good insight and theres more to whats here. Folks are available 24/7, the vey technology thats made it easier is making it harder . The addition to our phones and iPads have us in perpetually  stressedAND.. and on call and over time you will burn out if you don't control it. "Leaders need to start having conversations around work flexibility with their employees " its a virtual world let them live it , meet them where they are and keep them longer.