Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services

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Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services

Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services Staff
Burnout is a bad situation to have to face, the best thing for this type of situation is to pay attention and to know the signs. The definition of burnout is a state of believing he or she is overwhelmed coming from prolongs high stress. The discussion of burnout has regard to individual, cultural, organization, supervisor, and social support factors that cause burnout. In the discussion I will share ways to prevent burnout, ways to recognize it once it has happened and ways to handle burnout after it has occurred. I will examine my own personality and share an example of how burnout has affected me in the past and what I will do at my next opportunity of employment.

The definition of burnout in a work sense it refers to a state of overwhelming feeling, emotional listlessness, and depression because prolong levels of high stress (Scott, 2010) this is usually work-related or in life demands. Some symptoms of burnout is lack of motivation, irritability, physical systems slows down, headaches or fatigue, loss of creativity, anger, not wanting to go to work or do anything, and a change in sleep pattern (Scott, 2011). Those who face burnout feel as if he or she has no control over their lives, receive little recognition for accomplishments, have unclear expectations placed on them, and lack of social support (Scott, 2011). Burnout also consists of emotional exhaustion, lack of sense that a person can do what he or she want and need to do. Some more symptoms are depleted physical energy, lowered immunity to illness, increasingly pessimistic outlook on relationship and life, feelings of resentment, hopelessness, and increase absenteeism, and inefficiency at work. Feelings of detachment, sense of failure and self doubt, believing he or she is trapped and defeated with a decrease in satisfaction, and a decrease feeling of accomplishment. Some causes is...
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