Behavioral Signs of Burnout

When your behavior changes due to burnout, it is impossible to hide from others. In fact, others may notice you have a problem due to your actions before you do.

Escape is behind most of the behavioral signs of burnout. Escape from the the workplace. Escape from work. Escape from people.

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Photo credit: Gregor Buir

Don’t let escape become your purpose. Recognize these behavioral signs of burnout and halt burnout before it gets a hold on you:

  • Increased absenteeism
  • Late to work and early to leave
  • Trouble getting started at work
  • Withdrawn from work relationships
  • Less productive
  • Using food, sex, drugs or alcohol to escape

Are there additional behavioral signs of burnout you would add to this list?


  1. Max Arthur January 18, 2014
  2. Gwenn Panny January 30, 2014

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