Managing Burnout Training

Increase awareness of the risk of burnout, explore practical actions to restore energy levels and regain a sense of control to improve wellbeing and performance.

Course Context

Symptoms of burnout were historically associated with people exposed to high levels of stress and demands in the health sector or career-driven high achievers. However, it is now widely recognised that anyone who endures ongoing and excessive amounts of stress and unrelenting demands can be at risk of burnout, regardless of their profession.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines burnout as:
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

People who are suffering from burnout may experience:

Exhaustion: emotionally, mentally and physically drained; no energy to deal with anything; feeling overwhelmed, helpless, hopeless and unable to cope.
Detachment: losing interest in people and activities; feeling numb, lacking any motivation or feeling cynical and resentful; leading to complete apathy.
Reduced Performance: struggle with routine tasks; lack of focus and initiative; negative thoughts and feelings.

Without interventions, burnout can lead to more serious feelings of apathy and worthlessness, so it is essential that people recognise when they are at risk of burnout and take control to improve their wellbeing.

This 3-hour course explores the causes and effects of burnout and provides positive, practical actions to address the condition, based on the latest scientific evidence.

Duration: This session is delivered virtually over 3 hours
Format: Virtual, live, interactive session
Delegate numbers: 12

Please contact us for information regarding availability and how we can tailor this training to meet your organisation’s requirements e.g. delivery to a group consisting solely of leaders and managers. Specific course objectives can be discussed with the trainer, and the course content can be adapted to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of the delegates.

Who Is It For?

The managing burnout course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the risk of burnout and how to help themselves or others who may be suffering from depleted energy, lack of motivation and find themselves struggling to cope with everyday tasks.

A version of this virtual course for Leaders and Managers is also available, please contact us for further details.

Key Outcomes

  • Understanding what burnout is, what causes it and effects
  • Recognising habits that increase risk of burnout and how to take control and counter these with healthy habits
  • Motivation to become more self-compassionate and employ techniques that regain a sense of control, positivity and sense of meaning
  • Practical steps that build energy, improve performance and help to reconnect with the world around you

Course Content

Content includes:

Understanding what burnout is and its relationship to pressure and stress

  • Causes and signs of burnout
  • The difference between burnout and general fatigue
  • Implications of the pandemic
  • Personality traits that increase risk such as perfectionism and people pleasing

Practical actions to deal with burnout:

  • Identifying any habits that may have contributed to burnout
  • Employing habits of self-care and self-compassion
  • Finding a sense of purpose and meaning

Practical actions to deal with burnout (cont):

  • Developing a sense of autonomy and control
  • Regaining a sense of connectedness and reduced cynicism
  • Boundary setting and achieving a good work/life balance
  • Scheduling breaks, start/stop times, minimised multi-tasking and untethering from technology
  • Building healthy lifestyle habits that stick: regular exercise, effective nutrition, rest and sleep
  • Breath, visualisation, body movement, grounding techniques to counter burnout

Action Planning

Bringing it all together and focusing on next steps

Recent Delegate Comments following the Managing Burnout Course:


"Excellent - really enjoyable and felt comfortable sharing experiences (which I don't normally feel able to do). It has given me a positive outlook at a time when I was feeling that I am being quite negative."

"It was refreshing to do a course for 'me' whilst it will also have a positive impact on my work."

"It felt a safe and open environment and it was good to see others with similar experiences and gain ideas and some solutions. Thank you."

"Very good, trainer was excellent and got everyone involved. Good for reflection and making changes."

"Good course, lots of helpful insights, breaks timed well so engagement wasn't lost."

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Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.  We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


"The quality of the training has been fantastic and our employees are really engaging with the trainer and getting something out of it. Also In Equilibrium makes the whole process very easy to arrange."

— Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Sophie Holland

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