Burnout comes in different degrees of severity. Most of us are at the Friday drinks, or Wednesday bubbles stage most days.. Looking forward to relaxing and winding down from the work day.
When it comes to the point where you feel the need to ‘escape’ that’s a fairly good warning sign that things aren’t all sunshine and lollipops.
The following information is based on a Scientific American article describing a 12 stage burnout model from psychologists Herbert Freudenberger and Gail North.
Here are the stages the scientists outline:
Symptoms ranges from mild to worrisome behaviours you probably see every day at work, to utter collapse and defeat. Trying to avoid the severe end of the range is key, and the trick is paying attention to subtle signs rather than dismissing them.
If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes, you can take this Burnout Self-Test which can give you a good indication of where you’re at mentally and flag issues that you may not realise are there.