Burnout occurs after a sustained period of perpetual stress – especially at work. The results are reduced capability, energy depletion, unbearable exhaustion and zero motivation at work. How quickly burnout syndrome develops depends on learned behaviours and internalised beliefs that were often established in childhood.
Burnout develops slowly, over months or even years. Most burnout candidates start out as idealists, with a high level of motivation, above-average commitment and a willingness to work beyond the usual job requirements. Over time, problems are pushed aside, physical complaints ignored, and personal needs neglected. We distinguish between internal triggers – a situation is subjectively perceived as stressful – and external triggers such as overwork; time pressure; lack of inclusion; unfair treatment; bullying, absence of feedback, recognition, or sense of community (colleagues, friends, family); low or inadequate remuneration. Without appropriate preventive measures, the negative spiral towards burnout continues downwards.