WHO officially recognized "burnout at work" as an occupational syndrome

In the International Classifier of Diseases, burnout is now moved from the category of health conditions to the section of occupational syndromes. This is a long overdue step - due to conflicting interpretations, burnout of workers was considered their personal problem, which made it difficult to take formal measures to minimize it.

Prior to this WHO decision, it was easy for employers to attribute the problems of hired personnel to depression, turmoil in personal life, character traits, etc. especially if there were no risk factors by occupation. In practice, 30% of HR managers in the UK have named burnout as their "occupational" syndrome. And burnout among US doctors costs the national health system $ 4.6 billion annually.

Experts admit that there is no reliable method to ascertain burnout, isolate it and distinguish it from other syndromes. The most susceptible to this phenomenon are representatives of professions where there are principles of self-sacrifice, and the effectiveness of work depends on the dedication of the performers. They soon realize that their efforts are not paying off - and in a minimal number of cases, that their work is critical, but that personal efforts are not appreciated. And from this not only "give up", but also there are colossal risks for entire professional sectors and categories of the population.

After burnout is recognized as a professional syndrome, workers can count on new medical services in a social package. Because the WHO has established a link between the syndrome and, for example, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dependence on antidepressants, and mortality under 45 years of age. The authorities and business have a little more than two years to prepare a list of measures and actions - the innovation will take effect in January 2022.