Job Burnout

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Job Burnout in 20th Century America


This paper discusses job burnout in both a clinical aspect as well as with a statistical outlook. During the course of this paper we will examine both the cause and effects that both short term and long term job burnout can play into the lives of the working class in society today. Although job burnout is not something that can be medically diagnosed in the same manner as cancer or chicken pox it can have effects that can become just as harmful. During the course of collecting information a research survey was conducted to present real time data as to the demographics associated with job burnout.


It’s Sunday evening and although you have had a relaxing weekend, Monday is just a few hours away. Another long stress filled week at the office similar to the previous. About the most exciting thing you have to look forward to is next Friday night and the weekend that follows it. It seems as each week passes your stress builds and the desire to show up for work decreases. You begin to wonder if this is just how life in the work force just is. Many would classify this as job burnout. Does this sound like your life as well? For many people in today’s society they find themselves working more hours and sometimes multiple jobs in order to make ends meet and keep up with the financial demands that society has brought on us to afford even the basic necessities of live. If this sounds like you then you might be experiencing what is more commonly classified as job burnout.

With a demand to work more hours and spend less time at home or even doing the simple things in life that we so enjoy comes a different level of exhaustion as well as needing to tolerate more from an employer. This prolonged exposure is what we have classified as burnout. The Mayo clinic defines job burnout as “A state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term exposure to demanding work situations. Burnout is the cumulative result of stress.” As each year passes there is a continued growth in job burnout within the United States. According to the Centers for Disease and Control 25% to 40% of U.S. workers blame job burnout on stress. Another key factor is that employee stress is being linked more and more to the demands that corporate America places on productivity and competitiveness. This growth in burnout is not just affecting individuals mentally and emotionally it is also reaching our pocket books. An estimated $7,500 per employee is spent annually in the U.S. on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, and employee turnover. ( With stress being one of the leading causes in job burnout, what is the global effect that it plays on society? A recent study conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide shows that women who work full-time and have children under the age of 13 report the greatest stress worldwide. Globally, 23% of women executives and professionals, and 19% of their male peers, say they feel "super-stressed". ( Having identified job burnout and some of the root causes of it just what type of effects can this burnout play on our lives? Although each person is different and it is unknown the full effects that burnout can play into our personal life some of the effects include depression and anxiety as well as suicide. During a study that was conducted by Dr. Samule Melamed, he adds several other effects to this list. Of them he a risk of cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal pain, impaired fertility, and sleep disturbance. (Banerjee, pg.1) Any one of these effects alone can cause a ripple in there lifestyle that could have very traumatic effects to ones personal life. Job burnout is not something as easily recognized as something such as a broken bone. With a broken bone you can go to the doctor and have an x-ray and be...
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