Everyone in the working world has probably heard the term “burned out.” The term is often used even in nonemployment settings, such as by students in higher education feeling burned out by intense studies. Being burned out is generally considered negative, but there isn’t really a precise definition of the term.
“We tend to think of burnout as an intangible—one of those things we can’t define, and we just know when we feel it,” says Kate Morgan in an article for BBC Worklife. “Right now, more of us may be feeling it than ever. In this stage of