No pain, no gain? You snooze, you lose? You’ll bend, but you won’t break? Good advice, but dangerous when taken too far. Besides, is that really productive?
Plowing away at work when you’re staring slack-jawed at a screen ‘til 9PM at the office won’t do your productivity or your health any good. Nothing gets done and that time could have been better devoted to rest.
If this turns into a cycle, then burnout becomes a likely reality.
The WHO has recognized it as a medical condition when they added it to the International Classification of Diseases.(1) According to a Gallup survey of nearly 7,500 employees, 23% of them report feeling burnout at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling it sometimes.
As if it wasn’t precarious enough, chances of being rushed to the emergency room during a burnout shoots up by 23%.(2)
Nothing short of insidious, more and more people are falling victim to this silent killer.