Preventing burnout

Burnout was first identified by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger in 1974. He described it as ‘physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.’

Over 40 years later burnout is an all too common feature of working life, with over 11.3 million working days lost in 2013/14 due to work related illness. Most of us have either experienced it or recognise it amongst our friends and colleagues. Certain occupations have shown consistently high levels of work
related absence; health professionals, teachers and social care professionals appear to be particularly at risk. Yet it is also increasingly common in sectors such as finance, the police and amongst senior level employees.

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