The World Health Organization has defined burnout as an official condition. Three symptoms must be exhibited: depletion or exhaustion, mental distance or negativity towards their job, and reduced ability to complete tasks.
“This should have happened a long time ago,” said Bob Preziosi, professor emeritus in Leadership and Human Resources Management at Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga College of Business in Davie. “We have all seen people suffer physically and emotionally from burnout. This happens in businesses, public agencies and even not-for-profits.”
Preziosi said he has seen burnout in the state’s white- and blue-collar workers. In Florida, pressure stems in part from tourism demands and rush periods, or businesses’ need to stay ahead of competitors. “It harms productivity eventually,” he said. “The precursor is when people start to get testy and take it out on their co-workers, family and even their pets.”
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