Journal of Occupational Behaviour. A new tool for the assessment of burnout". Burnout syndrome and depression.
Workplace One of the greatest threats to workplace safety may be from an unexpected source: Just a few years after launching the Huffington Post media empire, company president and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington was so exhausted from running her new business that she collapsed.
Indeed, burnout arguably is reaching epic proportions in many industrialized countries.
Recent Gallup research, for example, showed that 2. Rather, mounting scientific evidence shows that burnout takes a profound physical toll that cascades well beyond our professional lives. Using cutting-edge techniques, integrative research teams are demonstrating that burnout is not just a state of mind, but a condition that leaves its mark on the brain as well as the body.
Formerly idealistic mental health workers were finding themselves depleted and weary, resenting patients and the clinic. Burnout is now recognized as a legitimate medical disorder by much of mainstream medicine and has even been given its own ICD code Z Many of the symptoms of burnout overlap with the hallmarks of depression, including extreme fatigue, loss of passion, and intensifying cynicism and negativity.
APS Fellow Christina Maslach, professor emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the foremost researchers on burnout, began studying this emerging phenomenon in the s through a series of extensive interviews with employees in service organizations.
In analyzing the interviews, Maslach and colleagues noticed a trend: Workers often reported feelings of profound emotional exhaustion, negativity directed at clients and patients, and a Occupational stress and burnout western society in feelings of professional competence.
Maslach received an incredible outpouring of letters and phone calls from people who were grateful to find out that they were not alone in their experience of burnout.
Jackson Rutgers University collaborated on what would become the most influential framework for defining and assessing burnout. Published inthe original paper describing the Maslach Burnout Inventory has been cited well over 6, times to date, according to Google Scholar.
The scale evaluates burnout based on three key stress responses: Over time, jobs that require too much of employees will cultivate feelings of negativity and hopelessness as people struggle to meet impossible deadlines, deal with rude customers, or cope with the emotional toll of professional caretaking.
Over the past 20 years, Maslach and her collaborators have developed a comprehensive model identifying six key components of the workplace environment that contribute to burnout: Burnout emerges when one or more of these six areas is chronically mismatched between an individual and his job.
Over time, Maslach explained, passion erodes not only because people have too much to do, but because of these other factors. Research from an integrative team of psychological scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden provides striking evidence that workplace burnout can alter neural circuits, ultimately causing a vicious cycle of neurological dysfunction.
Lead author Armita Golkar and colleagues recruited a group of 40 subjects with formally diagnosed burnout symptoms from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, Sweden.
All of the participants attributed their symptoms to stressful working conditions, entailing more than 60 to 70 hours of work per week continuously for several years. The researchers also recruited a socioeconomically matched control group made up of 70 healthy volunteers with no history of chronic stress or other illnesses.
Each group of participants completed two test sessions: To assess reactions to stress, researchers showed participants a standardized series of neutral and negative emotional images.
After a participant looked at an image for 5 seconds, a set of instructions appeared on the screen, directing each participant to either suppress down-regulateintensify up-regulateor maintain her emotional response to the picture.
Immediately following this instruction cue, the same image was presented again for another 5 seconds. As the participant focused on the picture, a loud, startling burst of sound played. The two groups showed similar startle responses when they were instructed to maintain or intensify their emotional reactions.
However, when the groups were asked to down-regulate their emotional responses to negative images, clear differences emerged.
Those diagnosed with burnout reported more difficulty modulating their strong negative emotional responses compared with the healthy controls, which was confirmed by their physical responses: They had dramatically stronger reactions to the startling noise than did the control group.
On a different day, a subset of the participants came into the lab, where they were scanned while lying quietly.
The researchers focused on activity among several brain areas involved in processing and regulating emotions.The prevalence and effects of occupational stress, burnout and low job satisfaction are poorly understood in the health workforce.
This article gives a brief overview of occupational stress, burnout and job satisfaction among health professionals, and examines whether engagement in research can contribute to job satisfaction and efficacy, and thereby to reducing stress and burnout. | P a g e RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OCCUPATIONAL STRESS AND BURNOUT AMONG SCHOOL TEACHERS Neelam Kumari, Anup Sood Department .
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A literature search was conducted using the keywords nursing, nurses, stress, distress, stress management, burnout, and intervention. All the intervention studies included in this review reported on workplace intervention strategies, mainly individual stress management and burnout interventions.
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Grounded theory approach is used to study occupational stress by collecting data from in-depth interviews with 42 academic women employed at Vietnamese higher education institutions to understand the meaning, the nature and source of the occupational stress from relationships at work they experience and the impact of occupational stress on their lives.
AbstractObjective: This study aimed to investigate occupational stress amongst audiologists, along with quantification of their professional quality of life: Burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction.
Design: A cross-sectional postal survey research design using an audiology occupational stress questionnaire (AOSQ), and the professional quality of life (ProQOL) instrument.