Chronic fatigue, insomnia, lack of focus, dizziness, depleted immune system and more are all signs of the effects of extreme exhaustion as a result of work burnout.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works a more-than 40-hour week. Exhaustion and a host of other reasons — such as bullying, administrative hassles and bad leadership — can contribute to what is known as burnout, which verywellmind.com described in September as “a reaction to prolonged or chronic job stress.”

Psychology Today lists some of the signs of burnout as:
- Exhaustion, both physically and emotionally
- Cynicism and detachment
- Inefficacy, or an inability to accomplish tasks well

Chronic fatigue, insomnia, lack of focus, dizziness, depleted immune system and more are all signs of the effects of extreme exhaustion as a result of work burnout. If unchecked, exhaustion can lead to bouts of anger and depression.

Cynicism and detachment often result in figuring out ways to avoid projects (especially with colleagues) and “escape work all together,” according to Psychology Today.

Irritability and heightened sensitivity are symptoms of ineffectiveness. Cites the publication: “As the symptoms worsen, these feelings may become immobilizing, making it seems like ‘what’s the point?’”

Verywellmind.com encourages workers “to take some time off.” Daily breaks and allotted vacation days may stave off burnout. During breaks, walk or practice meditation. Enjoy vacations that provide at least some down time and rejuvenating rest.

When sputtering at work becomes full-fledged burnout, it might be time to leave the job, suggested Harvard Business Review in January. A question to ask is, “What is burnout costing you?”

Unsure? HBR advises asking that question of a partner, spouse, family member or close friend to glean their perspective.

If answers attest to burnout, consider planning for a future with another company by:
- Putting aside money in case there is a lapse in employment or the new job requires a move
- Updating the resume
- Reaching out to any industry or area contacts
- Researching options
- Taking continuing education classes if necessary