Frustration and Burnout

Some professionals may be more likely to burnout than others, depending on factors in the work place, with personal issues and other situations. Causes may not be easily recognized.
Burnout is defined as a psychological condition of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduced personal accomplishment in response to chronic interpersonal stressors and issues on the job. Warning signs range from mild frustration, anxiety and depression to more severe emotional reactions. Contributing factors include lack of control over work-life, one’s inability to cope with high stress situations such as taking on more than is manageable, heavy caseloads, , not being recognized or rewarded for good work or dealing with a very boring job. Other factors may include increased regulations, increased budgetary problems and downsizing. Feelings of isolation or when there is conflict with co-workers and/or supervisors. Working with high stress clients or in high stress fields of practice. When role conflicts arise dealing with the differences between organizational policy and expectations vs. the professional’s own personal values and expectations of fairness and equality.  Another factor is when there is no balance between home and professional life. For example, when work defines who the professional is and choosing to spend far more time working than being involved in one’s personal life.

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