A 2016 Gallup study found that 9 billion euro is lost annually in the German economy due to decreased productivity, as a result of burnout. Now classed as a recognisable illness by the World Health Organization, burnout is an occupational phenomenon which impacts both on workers as individuals and the morale and productivity of a workforce.
Chronic stress and burnout happen in pharma and life sciences sector as the pressures of compliance, regulation and new research requires workers to think and evolve and adapt quickly.
However, burnout is treatable and, more importantly, preventable. This article outlines the three major symptoms of burnout, identifies the causes and gives tips on how to manage stress in order to avoid the extremes of burnout.