Burnout and job discontent

Characteristics of burnout 

Burnout is a manifestation of stress. It appears as physical and/or work-related fatigue. Symptoms of burnout may include stress, insomnia, reduced work capacity, trouble concentrating, less work satisfaction, abuse of alcohol or drugs, and unexplained physical symptoms like headaches or indigestion. Other symptoms of burnout are feeling unable to handle your job, lack of clarity about what others expect of you, feeling unclear about your role, feeling a lack of support, and other symptoms. Particular risk factors for burnout are monotonous work, lack of purpose, and little control over a job, and lack of balance between work and private life.  



It is important to think about preventive measures before a situation worsens. Burnout symptoms can be chronic. Studies show that after experiencing serious burnout, people do not return to work. It is therefore important to take appropriate measures early. Effective measures include a healthy lifestyle, such as more sleep, exercise, healthy diet and increased social activity. Workplaces can contribute by providing an environment supporting these factors and enabling employees to improve their working arrangements. This would be done by ensuring that the company’s policy and the role of employees are clear, that the provision of information is purposive and responsible, thus eliminating all unnecessary uncertainty.  Making advice accessible to employees who need it will bring issues to the surface before they cause trouble.  

  1. Kulnun í starfi og sálfélagsleg vinnuvernd, Dr. Kristinn Tómasson, yfirlæknir Vinnueftirlitsins

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  3. Ertu komin í þrot? Linda Bára Lýðsdóttir, sálfræðingur VIRK

Preventive measures