PROSPER – Symptoms and Signs of Burnout


1. Fatigue and exhaustion, physically and mentally
Chronic fatigue can be caused by various factors such as stress, unhealthy routines, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, or unregulated emotions.

2. Insomnia and/or sleep disturbances
Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both, and can lead to feelings of irritability, and difficulty concentrating during the day.

3. Decreased productivity and increased failures
Burnout can lead to losing individual motivation, and focus and feeling overwhelmed, which can affect the ability to perform a job effectively.

4. Difficulty in concentrating or remembering
An individual’s capacity to concentrate and recall details may be hampered by feelings of overload, anxiety, and exhaustion.

5. A negative or cynical attitude towards work
Burnout may make some feel disengaged, demotivated, or unfulfilled, which might change how they see their work and colleagues. Conflicts and tension may increase as a result, which might harm the organization’s general effectiveness.

6. Increased absenteeism or presenteeism
Absenteeism refers to the habit of regularly missing work or failing to show up for scheduled shifts. on the other hand, refers to employees who come to work but are not fully productive or engaged due to health issues or personal problems.

7. A feeling of Frustration
This involves a combination of helplessness and hopelessness. Helplessness is when we feel like we don’t have the power or control to change the irritation. Hopelessness is when we feel that the irritation will never change and will last forever. Over time, frustration leads to anger/depression.

8. A physical or emotional reaction to symptoms
The body automatically reacts to the different feelings and various states of minds and as a result of reactions to anger and depression, there is a high probability to suffer from headaches and muscle tension.

If you want to find out more, take a look at the PROSPER training modules.