The technology sector rarely stops to breathe as start-ups grow from nothing and every company is vulnerable to disruption from a new technology or competitor. This can lead to a general feeling of being overwhelmed in a job, a need to always ‘catch up’, and eventually burning out.
A 2016 study by Gallup found that a third of German workers experienced stress, with 12% of experiencing burnout or depression due to work. In 2019, the World Health Organization classed ‘burnout’ as a recognised illness, specifically linked to causes rooted in the workplace.
This article runs down the causes of burnout, the leading symptoms and behaviours of experiencing chronic stress and the best approaches to managing stress to avoid or recover from occupational burnout.