WHO Classifies Office Burnout as an Official Diagnosis

If you’ve ever walked out of meeting rooms feeling overly stressed or if you’ve felt like you could barely keep your head above water at work, you may be inclined to say you’re “burning out.” Complaints of burnout are common in the workplace–so much so that, in a recent addition to the International Classification of Diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared office burnout an officially diagnosable condition.

Today, our business experts at 4Corners Business Centers discuss workplace burnout and offer tips on how to avoid it.

What Is Burnout?

Burnout can happen to anyone, whether you’re working in a physical office or a virtual office space. The WHO defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” It causes three recognizable symptoms: 1) extreme and constant exhaustion; 2) increased aloofness regarding work; and 3) a marked decrease in performance. WHO defines burnout in the context of a work environment and not in any other area in life.

How to Avoid Burnout

Here are the best ways to keep yourself from burning out in an office environment.

  • Take Mental Health Days: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Don’t be afraid to take a personal day for some much-needed relaxation. Of course, don’t forget to distance yourself from work during this time.
  • Change Locations: Working constantly in one place can become repetitive and monotonous. Give yourself a little variety by changing your location every now and then. You’ll find plenty of places that offer office and conference room rental services that can provide a refreshing change of environment.
  • Balance: Balance is essential in all aspects of life. Try to avoid bringing work home. Instead, try to create a place at home where you can just be yourself.

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