Unmanaged, chronic work stress can lead to burnout, a syndrome that World Health Organization (WHO) describes as having three characteristics:
- Zero energy and emotional exhaustion
- Indifference and cynicism towards work
- De-motivation and work performance decline
These dimensions show burnout has cognitive and emotional paths. However, detachment and lack of drive develop over time, primarily driven by emotional exhaustion. To curb health ramifications, it’s crucial to recognise the signs of burnout.