Coping with Job Burnout

Recently on the Working World Inc. Blog we discussed ‘Married to the Job Syndrome.’ Untreated it leads to job burnout and even career burnout.  

Work stress assessment

Are we talking about you?  Mayo Clinic offers this quick assessment.

  •  Have you become cynical or critical at work?
  •  Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive?
  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?
  • Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
  • Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
  • Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?
  • Have your sleep habits or appetite changed?
  • Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints?

If you answer yes to any of these questions consider it’s time to take action.

Career vs. job burnout

The first step is to evaluate whether your burnout is caused by job or career. Often, employees love what they are trained to do but hate what they’re currently doing.

If you believe you are suffering from career burnout, talk to a career coach about assessment tests. You can begin now to make the transition to a new career with night classes or by volunteering. Either helps to prepare you for a new future.

However, if you remain passionate about your career, chances are you’re just having job burnout. Sure you can quit your job, but in today’s economy that often is not an option. Instead consider changing things up.

How to reboot yourself

Rebooting can be as simple as changing your hours. If you come in at eight and leave at five, request to come in at seven and leave at four so you can take that class after work or workout at the gym. Or apply for a transfer to another department. Consider cross-training to change the scope of what you do, and put some excitement and challenge back in your day.

Add a fun factor to your work life by scheduling something during your lunch hour. Sit in the park and read. Go for a massage. Window shop. The important thing is that you get away from your desk and preferably out of the building. When you come back, you’ll be refreshed and smiling, and you’ll also know there are only four hours left in your day.

Another simple idea is to schedule your time off for the entire year. Request a day or two off every six weeks, perhaps in conjunction with a weekend. This gives you something to look forward to. Just remember to change your phone message and your email to reflect an out-of-office status.

A little change goes a long way to coping with and overcoming job burnout. Change can mean you stop just surviving your job, but begin to enjoy it. Those who enjoy their jobs tend to enjoy life more, too. 

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Coping with Job Burnout

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