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The harder-to-recognize version of workplace burnout

In an Internet-obsessed era, it looks like human affairs and the timeline of events are expressed through buzzwords. Who needs conventional chronology when we only need singular terms to remind us of the key occurrences of each time period? In recent years, new terms have evolved to characterize phenomenal changes in workplace culture around the world.

For instance, 2021 was the year of the "Great Resignation" when millions of employees around the world quit due to drastic post-pandemic changes in workplace rules. Then, 2022 went down in history as the year of "quiet quitting" and "quiet firing" — with the former referring to the practice of doing just the bare minimum requirement as dissatisfaction festers while the latter describes the act of edging an employee out of a company by worsening their dissatisfaction.

We have yet to ride out the first quarter of 2023 yet, but we're seeing a wealth of buzzy workplace terms coming up. "Rust-out" — a twist on the iconic "burnout" — is a happening label that describes one of the latest working trends. Here's what to know about rust-out — the harder-to-recognize version of workplace burnout.

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