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What is Job Burnout?


Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers represent clients suffering from job burnout.Burnout can happen to employees of any age, no matter what type of job you are doing. If you or someone you know is suffering from job burnout you may be eligible for compensation for your suffering. Job burnout, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is an occupational phenomenon that occurs as a result of unmanaged workplace stress. According to WHO, burnout has three symptoms or dimensions:

  • Feelings of exhaustion or energy depletion
  • Feelings of negativity toward one’s job
  • Reduced effectiveness while on the job

Recent Analysis

Researchers from an online stress management platform provider surveyed 2,000 adult fulltime workers. They were categorized into six different segments based on their risk for burnout: soulful sufferers, checked out, status quos, strivers, stretched superstars, and change masters.

Results showed that strivers had the highest risk of burnout because of a combination of high agility and low resilience. Workers in this category were found to have a higher risk of anxiety and depression, while 66 percent reported feeling more negative emotions than positive ones.

The study also found that 44 percent of people categorized as soulful sufferers were at a high risk for burnout. Soulful sufferers are defined as caring people struggling to be adaptive and worrying about relationships and work. Seventy percent of people in this group reported feeling accelerated pressure on the job, while 49 percent of group members faced almost a 50 percent greater risk of anxiety and depression.

Possible Causes of Job Burnout

There are many causes of job burnout. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Unclear job expectations. If you are unclear of what your boss or supervisor expects from you, you may not feel confident doing your job.
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. If you find that you do not get along with one or more of your colleagues, or if you are being bullied while on the job, you may not feel comfortable showing up for work. This can lead to stress.
  • Lack of control. Not being able to control things like your work schedule, job tasks, or your workload can increase your risk of job burnout.
  • Work-life imbalance. If your job takes up most of your time and you find that you have no time to spend by yourself or with your family, this can lead to stress and eventually job burnout.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Represent Clients Suffering from Job Burnout

If you or someone you know is suffering from job burnout due to stress, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP today. Our experienced lawyers will fight tirelessly for your rights. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 267-589-0090. Located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.