>Stepstone: Burnout looming over every fifth employee

>According to a survey conducted by StepStone:19 per cent of European specialists and executives suffer from burnout symptoms caused by stress on the job

Stepstone, Duesseldorf, Mai 2007. About 19 per cent of the European specialists and executives are feeling distinct physical and mental symptoms of exhaustion which they attribute to stress at their workplace. For another 27 per cent the raised pressure is increasingly effecting them deeply. This was the result of a current survey of the European job board StepStone conducted among 21,586 visitors in eight European countries. According to the survey merely 54 per cent of the respondents are coping with their workload.

The results coincide with the analysis of the German Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (University Hospital Freiburg) where the emotional exhaustion symptoms caused by job-related stress is being researched internationally for years. “When there is an increase of the workload and at the same time there is a lack of acknowledgment and given credit for the accomplished tasks there is a dramatic rise in the risk of burnout”, says Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Bauer, head of department of at the psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine-center of the Universitätsklinik Freiburg.

Compared internationally the German specialists and executives are the sad front-runner. Here, 24 per cent suffer from burnout syndrome while only 44 per cent are able to cope with their workload. Best prepared are the specialists and executives in Denmark where two thirds of the respondents (66 per cent) stated to be able to cope excellently with their workload. Similar appraisals were the result of the survey in the Netherlands and Norway with respectively 62 per cent stating that they are coping with professional stress without problems.

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