Stress and burnout

Stress is the second health-related problem most frequently reported at work in Europe, after musculoskeletal disorders. About half of the workers consider stress as a common problem in their workplace. The extreme result is burnout, which results from a persistent stress with serious or unavoidable consequences (depression, suicide).

Where does stress end and burnout begin?

Definition

Burnout is characterized by:

 

The victims of burn out are often highly committed employees, even too much involved ... they are slowly draining off without noticing, despite the warnings of those around them.

Symptoms

Here is a non exhaustive list of symptoms suggesting that a person is already advanced in the process of burnout:

 

Work-related risk factors

 

Consequences in the workplace

 

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