New terminology entering the public lexicon can be extremely beneficial for HR; in the early 1970s American Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, unable to properly reference the consequences of severe stress and high-pressure causing illness in the workplace, coined the term ‘burnout’.
His contribution to workplace wellbeing in the following decades is immeasurable as workers were for the first time able to concisely identify their condition accurately without resorting to complicated descriptions. In fact, so accurate was Freudenberger’s identification of the issue that earlier this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially certified burnout as a medical condition.
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