BURNOUT VERSUS WELL-BEING IN ORGANIZATIONS
Keywords:burnout; well-being; stress; exhaustion; work place strategies.
One can define burnout as a syndrome of emotional exhaustion,
depersonalization, and reduction in job performance that
occurs in individuals who work professionally with others.
Burnout syndrome is described as either persistent and
troublesome complaints of exhaustion after low mental effort
or persistent and troublesome complaints of feeling tired and
physically limp after low physical effort. These include at least
two of the following six symptoms: muscle aches, drowsiness,
headaches, sleep disturbances, inability to relax, and
irritability. Factors affecting employee health and well-being
can have a significant impact on the financial costs associated
with employee health and the profitability of the business.
Action needs to be taken at an individual and organisational
level to reduce the levels of stress and burnout syndrome.