Burnout classified as occupational phenomenon

Burnout classified as occupational phenomenon
06.06.2019

Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) included employee burnout in its 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon.

Burnout is described in the chapter, "Factors influencing health status or contact with health services" and includes reasons why people contact health services but are not classed as illnesses or medical conditions.

WHAT IS BURNOUT DEFINITION BY WHO?

Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”

Burnout was also included in previous ICD-10, in the same category as in ICD-11, but now the definition is more detailed.

HOW BURNOUT TAKES PLACE?

What you should know about burnout is that it doesn’t just happen over night. It develops slowly over time. The source of burnout is stress, in case of employee burnout it is stress at workplace. 

As Dr. Helena Lass writes in InnoHealth Magazine “Regardless of the polarity of stress (positive or negative), biochemically your body reacts in the same way. Whenever our subconscious autopilot system detects a stressor, adrenaline and cortisol are released from our adrenal glands located on top of the kidneys. Our blood pressure rises, our muscles tense, heart rate elevates, and digestion is inhibited, all preparing us to either fight or take flight. We all have experienced this feeling, like a sudden rush. However, being constantly exposed to prolonged episodes of stress impacts the health of our body and reinforces unhealthy patterns mentally as well as emotionally. It can weaken the immune system, cause more regular mood swings, and can manifest as if being ‘on the ashes’, ultimately resulting in burnout.”

SOLUTIONS TO PREVENT BURNOUT

Dr. Lass has several recourses already available for stress management and preventing job burnout:

  1. Free article that explains the burnout phenomena in detail on Thrive Global (3 minute read);
  2. Free Stress Test with a short burnout prevention training (25 to 30 minute e-training);
  3. A highly valued e-training that helps to manage stress and prevent burnout (high quality 6 to 8 hour team training that changes mindsets and habits).

 

We hope this will help you to find an answer how to relieve stress at work before it turns into burnout.

 

 

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