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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Robinson Bruner

How Workplace Burnout is Different from Stress?

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

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Workplace burnout has become common these days, but it is quite different from stress. However, to understand why workplace burnout occurs in the first place, and how exactly can you overcome it, you need to understand the difference between the two.

Burnout and Stress Defined

We are living in a pressure-filled environment these days that require us to deliver constant performance and challenge our limits every day. But, often all that pressure to deliver excellent performance at work leaves us reeling under the pressure of workplace burnout.

Thus, burnout is nothing but emotional exhaustion, ineffectiveness, and cynicism that employees have to deal with at the workplace as a result of chronic and negative responses to stressful conditions.

On the other hand, stress is something that one experiences due to tension or pressure. It is basically a type of physical reaction that prepares us for alertness. Stress happens due to several reasons such as work, family, hobbies, friends, and more. Thus, it does not necessarily come from work.

Although not considered to be a mental or emotional illness, burnout is taken as a mental health complication. As per a study conducted by the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, burnout has become common among employees at workplaces, particularly in advanced countries as well as during economic downturns. Workplace burnouts happen when employees start expecting too much or feel incompetent or inadequate. Employees also experience workplace burnout when they feel unappreciated, or are required to do jobs that aren't fit for them.

pie chart showing 46%of stress comes from workload


Since workplace burnouts and stress affect an employee's performance and health, it is important to undertake prevention strategies. More importantly, in both situations, it is crucial to focus on employee engagement which can be easily accomplished through effective corporate training. For more details, click here....


About the Author

Natalie Robinson Bruner helps organizations develop systems and implement strategies that engage their workforce by offering a three-stage process of training, planning and offering individualized consulting. By using research, experience, case studies, pragmatic solutions, humor, engaging activities and her own secret sauce; Natalie delivers a powerful message about engaging staff. In a fast-changing world, we need information that engages the organization resulting in realizing a purpose-driven mission, reducing turnover, and impacting the bottom line. Her clients include large to medium-sized businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Glad●ED Solutions develops succinct, research-based, experienced-informed training coupled with a pragmatic action plan for implementation. We are more than the fly-by-night training. Glad●ED Solutions offers creative solutions for personal and organizational development through corporate training, individual coaching and special events to support career advancement.


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