Wellbeing | Burnout officially recognised as an illness

Burnout officially recognised as an illness

Today, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that it will recognise the growing issue of corporate burnout as a medical condition, meaning that as of 2020, it will officially be identified in the International Classification of Diseases.

Burnout, which the WHO identifies specifically as a ‘workplace issue’, is officially described as "a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed", in the WHO’s official definition of the new condition.

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