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Workplace burnout

Workplace burnout

Adapted from NES Matters newsletter January 2023, authored by Susan Mair.

We are hearing a lot about workplace burnout in the media, but what actually is it?

In 2019, 'burnout' was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a "syndrome resulting from work related stress". The lines between work and home life have become increasingly blurred. Many of us are working longer hours, and for many, our means of social interaction and social environments have changed.

Common signs of burnout can include:

  • Feeling tired or drained most of the time
  • Feeling helpless, trapped and/or defeated
  • Feeling detached/alone in the world
  • Having a cynical/negative outlook
  • Self-doubt
  • Procrastinating and taking longer to get things done
  • Feeling overwhelmed

Gender and age play a role, with women and young people reported feeling more prone to extreme stress and pressure at work according to Mental Health UK.

Does this resonate with you? Where can you go for help?

  • Speak to your line manager
  • Coaching for Wellbeing – 2 hours of one-to-one wellbeing coaching support
  • Confidential self-referral to Occupational health through HR

Free apps and programmes to support your wellbeing:

Here are some useful links.


Informal online Self-test:


This page was last updated on: 30/01/2023