Are you suffering from work burnout?

July 5, 2011 1:56:54 PM PDT
If you feel like you're on your way to burning out while on the job, you're not alone.

"People become lethargic, they become disinterested in their job, than more cynical, and then ultimately ineffective at carrying out their job's duties," says Dr. Scott Bea, Psy.D. at Cleveland Clinic.

A new European study finds that you're 6 times more likely to develop Burnout Syndrome if you work more than 40 hours a week.

But it's not just being overworked that can cause the problem.

The researchers also found that people who are under-challenged on the job may experience monotony, or be forced to do the same task over and over, and eventually burn out.

Workplace stress and lack of recognition can also lead to burnout.

If you can't change the situation and you can't get a new job, psychologists say having a solid social life may be the key to prevention.

"Having a social life, a family life, other connections outside of work was a modifier. that people who actually did those sorts of things, had those connections, personal connections were less likely to be experiencing burnout," added Dr. Bea.

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