Career or job burnout has become a common problem for many people. If you are burned out, you may feel emotionally exhausted, overextended, and inadequate. It may cause you to withdraw from co-workers and clients and make it harder to succeed and be productive at work.
Many factors can lead to burnout, including personality traits and workplace climate. Studies have been done on certain industries (like health care) and specific jobs (like mental health work, police work, firefighting, nursing, and teaching) to better understand career burnout. Most of the principles learned during these studies apply to any type of job.
Career burnout comes on gradually, in phases, typically over weeks to months. Take this assessment to find out if you may be at risk for burnout and how to prevent it. Preventing and treating burnout is important for everyone. People who feel positive about their work are more productive, take less time off, and change jobs less often. You will feel happier and more satisfied.
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|David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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