Burnout In The Workplace

A toxic workplace is a serious threat to your life style and life quality, and opens the door to a host of diseases that destroy your health. In the end, it comes down to how you deal with stress. A certain amount of stress in the workplace is normal, even beneficial because it compels people to move forward with their plans in pursuit of their goals and dreams. It's when you succumb under the weight of pressures in a toxic workplace that stress can get out of control. Then it becomes a real problem with potentially devastating consequences to your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Without the determination to survive, your life prospects and happiness will fall into an irreversible downward spiral with potentially tragic consequences …show more content…
This gives rise to a persistent form of stress which is often referred to as "burnout" (or job burnout). Burnout is characterized by a state of emotional tension and chronic stress caused by long term exposure to physically, emotionally or psychologically demanding working environments. This is reflected in symptoms like mood swings, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, memory lapses, anxiety and …show more content…
Bad sleep irks your cognitive skills and undermines the ability to adapt and overcome new professional challenges efficiently (if you sleep just two hours less than you need, your concentration and performance are affected significantly). Anxiety affects your willingness to be proactive and engage in teamwork. In other words, you become a dysfunctional worker. All of this affects your sense of self-worth and leaves you more socially alienated in the workplace, which, in turn, might induce an uncomfortable or distrustful atmosphere between you and your colleagues or superiors. The cycle of toxicity is perpetuated, exacerbating even more your suffering.

There are many other ways in which a toxic work environment affects your professional life, but it's important to highlight how stress is one of the major causes of reduced productivity in the workplace. According to statistics compiled on a yearly basis, more than 400 million working days are lost each year in the USA due to illnesses. 50% of the diseases that lead to absenteeism are triggered by

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