Are You Burned Out? Or Is It Something Else?

Are You Burned Out? Or Is It Something Else?

Feeling a little bit disengaged at work is not only common; it’s normal. Whether we’re experiencing pressure from a looming deadline, tension from a strained work relationship, or compounding stress from a myriad of work issues, a lack of engagement is inevitable.

When those feelings of stress become debilitating, however, we often automatically jump to labeling our experience as burnout. But not all feelings associated with work stress are consistent with this condition.

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Writing by Dr. Kandi Wiens

Dr. Kandi Wiens

I am a researcher, speaker, executive coach, and leadership development facilitator. I’m also a Senior Fellow at The University of Pennsylvania, where I teach in the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program, the Penn Master’s in Medical Education Program, and Wharton Executive Education. All of my work is deeply rooted in the latest positive psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindset research.

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