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What is Corporate Burnout?

What Is Burnout?

Burnout is “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” Corporate burnout is extreme exhaustion “due to stress from working with people under difficult or demanding conditions.”

Whether you are an executive concerned about one of your employees or are wondering how to cope with your own stressful job, burnout is a challenging subject to address.

Workers who feel squeezed might not feel safe talking to their managers about how they feel. Managers who see their team suffering under new demands might be at a loss as to how to make the necessary changes to lower everyone’s stress level.

Burnout is not just workplace stress, but a “sinister and insidious” process that slowly, and often invisibly, saps morale.

Just like the proverbial frog in the pot that does not notice the slow and steady heating of the water, people suffering from burnout often don’t recognize the trouble they’re in until things reach a boiling point. By then, it is hard to recover, because unaddressed burnout eventually leads to “a complete inability to function.”

It is not uncommon for workers to resign in despair or be fired for worsening job performance before anyone recognizes burnout as a problem.

What Are the Signs of Burnout?

It is equally important for employees who value their jobs and managers who want to retain employees to recognize the signs of burnout. Physical changes or ailments are often the first symptoms.

Stressed out workers might gain or lose weight due to stress-related changes in appetite.

They might come into work with bags under their eyes from lack of sleep or exhibit physical problems like headaches, back pain, or gastrointestinal issues. 

They might get sick more often, whether or not they’re calling out of work. They might start showing a lack of concern about their physical appearance. continue reading this article at


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