What’s fuelling your burnout? Feeling exhausted? Perhaps even a little cynical where work is concerned? You could be suffering from burnout syndrome. A common response to stress, burnout is characterised by a variety of dimensions from fatigue, demotivation, frustration, cynicism and ultimately, reduced efficacy. So what, exactly, is fuelling your burnout?
The Beginnings Of Burnout
It isn’t a new phenomenon, Graham Greene wrote about it during the 60s in ‘A Burnout Case’ as a result the term was later coined in the context of employee burnout by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. It’s firmly part and parcel of corporate landscape now with employees increasingly being asked to do more with less.
Montero Marin at the University of Zaragoza identified three types of burnout. In a study of 429 university workers in a variety of occupations ranging from administration to research, the study identified 3 separate subtypes;
What’s Your Type?
What’s Fuelling Your Organisation’s Risk of Burnout?
Now you know what’s fuelling your individual burnout, lets take a look at your organisation. Maslach, Schaufel and Leiter identified 6 organisational risk factors that increase the likelihood of burnout.
If the causes of burnout are multi factorial, how can you begin to combat it?
If you’re a leader, the starting point is your organisational culture. Here’s our checklist to guide your stress audit;
If you’ve identified that you’re on the way to being stressed, find a way to reduce your stress levels by;
Sociodemographic and occupational risk factors associated with the development of different burnout types: the cross-sectional University of Zaragoza study (2011)
Jesús Montero-Marín,1,2,7 Javier García-Campayo,corresponding author1,7,8 Marta Fajó-Pascual,2 José Miguel Carrasco,3 Santiago Gascón,4,7 Margarita Gili,5,7 and Fermín Mayoral-Cleries6,7
Burnout risk in medical students in Spain using the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Survey. (2011) Galán F1, Sanmartín A, Polo J, Giner L.
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Gill Crossland-Thackray is a Business Psychologist, Visiting Professor, and PhD Candidate. She is Co-Director of Positive Change Guru with her twin, Viv Thackray-Dutton and Director Of Koru Development. She is a member of British Psychological Association, British Neuroscience Association, Association of Business Psychologists, Chartered Institute of Professional Development and a Continuing Professional Development accredited trainer. www.positivechangeguru.com deliver bespoke Resilience at Work courses internationally.
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