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Career Change: Build A Better Life After Burnout

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Burnout has long been an issue for workers, but this reality has taken on a whole new dimension during the pandemic. A survey conducted by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org of 65,000 employees, found that 42% of women and 35% of men reported feelings of burnout in 2021. That’s an increase of 10% for women and 7% for men over the preceding year.

Other studies have indicated that between 25% and 40% of employees have contemplated leaving their current position in the past year. Whether workers have had more time to contemplate their work-life or the stress and demands of the pandemic led to introspection, the Great Resignation is real. So what can someone do to come back from burnout and ensure it doesn’t happen again?

What Is Burnout?

First, it’s essential to understand that burnout is real. While not considered a medical condition, the World Health Organization (WHO) added burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” to its latest revision of its International Classification of Diseases.

In an article, the organization describes how chronic stress can cause burnout and lists three ways it can manifest: low energy or exhaustion, increased feelings of mental distance or cynicism concerning your job, and “reduced professional efficacy.”

Even though burnout is not considered a medical issue, overwork can have profound health implications. The WHO reported in another study that “working 55 or more hours per week is associated with an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease, compared to working 35-40 hours a week.”

As remote work led to the blurring of boundaries between work and home, the issue of burnout only intensified during the pandemic. When you work from the place you live, it can be hard to tell when work ends and living begins.


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