give the employee six to eight weeks off, with weekly half-hour counseling sessions

Burnout is not just when you need a vacation to recharge.

It’s when you feel overwhelming exhaustion, frustration, cynicism and a sense of ineffectiveness and failure.

Initially it referred to those employed in the human services — health care, social work, therapy and police work

Symptoms:

Emotional exhaustion — emotionally overextended, drained and used up without any source of replenishment. It’s the chronic feeling that you just can’t face another day.

Cynicism or depersonalization — a loss of idealism. Particularly in the health professions, it can manifest itself as having a negative, callous or excessively detached response to other people.

Reduced personal efficacy — a decline in feelings of competence and productivity at work.

burnout was certainly growing among nurses, and younger nurses were experiencing it more than older nurses

Burn out could be attributed that to the push to work harder with fewer resources, less pay and greater job insecurity. Also, as technology allows the lines between work and home to blur, many feel on-call all the time, with no opportunity for respite.

In Europe: In the mid-’90s, when it first began to be measured, 10 percent of the Dutch working population reported feeling burned out, compared with 13 percent now

That increase can largely be attributed to more women ages 30 to 40 entering the work force and struggling to balance work and home life

In Nederlands:
medical diagnosis: if a doctor determines a worker suffers the symptoms of burnout for more than six months the worker must receive paid time off and help

A typical response to the problem (burnout) would be to give the employee six to eight weeks off, with weekly half-hour counseling sessions to help figure out what went wrong and how it might change

While most people think job burnout is just a matter of working too hard, that’s not necessarily true.

six areas that can result in burnout:
– work overload;
– lack of control over the work;
– insufficient rewards;
– workplace community problems, such as incivility and a lack of support among co-workers;
– a lack of fairness, such as inequality of pay, promotions or workload;
– a conflict between one’s personal values and the requirements of a job

While people need to figure out what they can do on an individual level to prevent burnout, change will be limited without a shift in organizational thinking

source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/30/your-money/a-solution-to-burnout-that-doesnt-mean-less-work.html

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