Boreout is also a form of professional exhaustion that stems from boredom. (Credits: Nubelson Fernandes / Unspash)
From burnout to boreout to brownout, work-related exhaustion can take different forms. While burnout may be the best-known, there are other conditions linked to chronic boredom or loss of meaning at work. And they should not be neglected.
Burnout is the most well-known form of professional exhaustion. It is caused by an overload of work and an over-investment on the part of the individual. The signs can be: emotional fatigue, cynicism towards work or decreased commitment.
Boreout is also a form of exhaustion that emanates from boredom. Unlike burnout, it is caused by an insufficient workload and chronic boredom. You're not in a state of boreout every time you're bored. But this condition can be the result of repeated boredom.
Signs may include: decreased self-esteem, absenteeism, increased stress or disengagement from work.
Brownout is a form of professional exhaustion caused by the loss of meaning at work. This form is more difficult to diagnose, since the person suffering from brownout remains operational while their malaise is mental.