WHO declares burnout an 'occupational syndrome'

It coincides with a plan to develop guidelines on wellbeing in the workplace

Burnout has been declared an occupation syndrome by the WHO for the first time.


Under its newly revised International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the WHO describes burnout as a syndrome resulting from unmanaged stress rather than a medical condition. 

The changes to the ICD coincide with a WHO plan to develop a set of evidence-based guidelines on mental wellbeing in the workplace.

“[Burnout] is characterised by three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy,” the WHO