“Employee burnout is more than a temporary situation after a difficult week,” says Dorothy Lecher, human resources director at Prema-Lean Farms. “It is a physical, emotional and mental state of exhaustion caused by a demanding environment or the inability to meet those demands.”

Even though it’s not a precisely defined medical condition, burnout has recognizable symptoms. Some of those include:

  • Emotional and physical exhaustion
  • Irritability, negativity
  • Gastrointestinal problems, headaches
  • Sadness
  • Increased cynicism
  • A decline in creativity, problem-solving ability
  • Quick to anger
  • Defensive, edgy and quick to blame others
  • Detachment from others
  • Lethargic
  • Unable to find satisfaction in job performance
  • Questions the values of what he does
  • Dreads going to work most mornings

In addition to sub-par performance, if left untreated, burnout can lead to high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia and depression.