What Is Workplace Burnout? How Employees and Managers Can Prevent It?

Do you feel completely exhausted and unmotivated to work? Are you feeling hopeless or useless at your workplace?

Aemen Farooq
4 min readApr 16, 2022


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If yes, then it can be a sign of burnout. You’re not alone. Even I was burned out for the past few months. The survey reports a 21% increase in work burnout in 2021.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states burnout is a syndrome caused by consistent work stress that is left untreated for a long time. Three major symptoms include exhaustion, cynicism at work, and reduced productivity.

However, it’s hard to recognize burnout symptoms as they feel similar to exhaustion and usually get ignored. In consequence, it negatively impacted my work and personal life for several months.

Recovering from burnout is a slow process. It may take months and even several years. Therefore, it’s important to address burnout before it gets too late.

In this article, we’ll discuss the causes of workplace burnout, its effect on work and health, and ways to prevent it in the workplace.

Causes of Workplace Burnout

The inability to handle work-related stress leads to burnout, but your interpersonal or emotional stress can also contribute. The most common causes of workplace burnout are:

Increased workload:

Working on multiple projects and the increasing workload was one of the biggest reasons I was burning out. It can make you feel under pressure, drained, and overwhelmed, which eventually leads to burnout.

Work-life Imbalance:

The increased workload blurred my professional and personal boundaries, resulting in quick burnout. Working consistently even after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays eliminates your time to refresh your mind and body.

Lack of appreciation:

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Aemen Farooq

I write about mental health, self-development, self-care, and life lessons as they happen. Editor of sapphirel.com/ https://aemenfarooq.medium.com/membership