NewsSeptember – Burnout

Burnout in the workplace: A review of data and policy responses in the EU by Eurofound

A new report on burnout at the workplace was published on 10th September by Eurofound, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Burnout is a topic that has triggered widespread interest among the general public and the media, with articles on the subject being published on a regular basis. While some articles have sought to question the existence of burnout, others have discussed its different stages, factors and warning signs, as well as investigating the actions and measures employers and employees can take to address the issue.

This report looks at the extent of burnout experienced by workers in the EU, based on national research. As a starting point, the report sets out to consider whether burnout is viewed as a medical or occupational disease. It then examines the work determinants associated with burnout and looks at the effects of burnout, including psychosocial and physical work factors, work intensity and work organisation. It also reviews national strategies and policies regarding this issue, the involvement of the social partners in the current debate, as well as preventive actions currently in place.

The report is divided into these categories:

  • Prevalence of burnout in EU Member States
  • Work-related determinants of burnout
  • Effects of burnout on work
  • National policy responses to the issue of burnout

The full report can be read here.