The time is now! Put well-being of your organization on your New Year’s resolutions list - Urška Jež
In the recent years, and especially in post-pandemic time, burnout came to the forefront of daily debates in media and private discussions. Everyone talks about being burned out. In Slovenia, for example, burnout was word of the year in 2019, with two books on burnout being among the top three bestsellers.
Before continuing, I feel the need to clarify what we refer to when talking about burnout in an organizational context. Burnout is not being tired, exhausted or stressed. Burnout develops over a longer period if the stressors are not acted upon. “Burnout sneaks up on you, seeping into your life little by little, making it hard to recognize and easy to ignore. If undetected and untreated, burnout can lead to extreme situations where you are no longer able to function effectively on a personal or professional level”.[i] The burnout syndrome entails three distinct states which are related to the three dimensions of burnout:
emotional exhaustion (EE) is characterized by feeling of emotional detachment of the employee
depersonalization (DP) is displayed as a detached attitude toward others and
diminished personal accomplishment (PA) is experienced as a low sense of efficacy at work. [ii]