Feeling a severe lack of energy and productivity because it seems like you’ve spent all you had on your job already can be problematic for an employee’s mental health. However, it is not just the worker who suffers but the employer as well. If a great employee reaches his burnout and is not able to address the problem properly, it may lead him to take a break from his career.

This means the employer now has to look for another person to work with which means more additional unwanted costs of marketing, hiring, etc. The World Health Organization, which previously vaguely talked about burnout, is now taking the issue more seriously. The new version of its handbook on diseases talks about employee burnout more elaborately under a chapter that focuses on “factors influencing health status or contact with health services.”

The WHO book called International Classification of Diseases — ICD-11 is set to get in effect from January 2022 but this doesn’t mean that the only thing the WHO is going to do is bring the topic under the limelight by explaining what it means more widely in its latest book. In fact, the organization is planning on developing more evidence-based studies so as to create guidelines for the mental well-bring of employees.

It has also recommended professionals in this field to rule out mood disorders before diagnosing a burnout so as to have more targeted prevention and treatment plans for it in place. Previously defined as exhaustion, now the WHO calls burnout “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” It doesn’t label workplace burnouts as a syndrome though but as an “occupational phenomenon.”

A previous 2018 study by Gallop found that of 17,500 people, 23% felt workplace burnout often or always while 44% felt it sometimes. Keeping this in view, it is great that burnouts are now being taken more seriously. The best ways to avoid getting burned out are to manage stress more efficiently by practicing self-care and yoga, exercising regularly, and taking work-life balance more seriously.

People also think unplugging and traveling can help. Last but the not the least, following your passion is essential. If you don’t love your job or feel overstressed because you have more responsibilities than you can handle, you’ll constantly feel burned out. It is important to remember that your mental health matters and shouldn’t be ignored.