Burnout Law and Legal Definition

Burnout is a phenomenon that occurs when work is no longer meaningful to a person. Burnout results when individuals experience increasing amounts of negative stress. Burnout is preventable by adopting workplace strategies that reduce the negative stress, make work more meaningful and less mundane and repetitive, and reward good performance, among other practices.

Some of the signs of burnout include:

1. Chronic fatigue - exhaustion, tiredness, a sense of being physically run down

2. Anger at those making demands

3. Self-criticism for putting up with the demands

4. Cynicism, negativity, and irritability

5. A sense of being besieged

6. Exploding easily at seemingly inconsequential things

7. Frequent headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances

8. Weight loss or gain

9. Sleeplessness and depression

10. Shortness of breath

11. Suspiciousness

12. Feelings of helplessness

13. Increased degree of risk taking