Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Burnout in the workplace is more common than you might think, here’s what you need to know.
In an article from CNBC back in 2018, it was revealed that out of a total of 7,500 workers, 23% of those reported feeling burnout at work very often, or always, while a further 44% reported feeling burnout occasionally at work and even outside of office hours.
However, you may be wondering, what exactly is burnout? According to Mayoclinic, job burnout is a form of work-related stress, specifically physical and emotional exhaustion, which can impact on task/job accomplishment and even a loss of personal identity.
With burnout being so prevalent and an exhausting condition we wouldn’t wish upon anyone, this article I will discuss symptoms of burnout, how to prevent and or manage burnout in the workplace, and finally whether or not a change of career may be a step in the right direction to resolving your current burnout.
What are the symptoms of burnout in the workplace?
Re-visiting the article from Mayoclinic, specific symptoms of burnout you may experience include:
Having difficulty starting new tasks and or work in general.
Becoming impatient or irritable with co-workers and even clients.
Lacking the energy to maintain consistent productivity.
Lacking satisfaction from your current job role and or performance.
Experiencing any stomach problems, headaches, or verbal complaints from co-workers and or management?
Loss of motivation.
A constant negative outlook on work.
If you are experiencing a number of these symptoms, chances are you’re most likely experiencing some form of burnout in the workplace. However, don’t fret – it most likely can be addressed, resolved as quickly as possible, and have you returning to work with the same enthusiasm as of when you first started.
How to manage and or prevent burnout in the workplace
There are numerous ways to address workplace burnout early while coming up with a solution to prevent it from happening in the future. In an article from helpguide, they recommend utilizing the ‘three R’ approach, this is as follows:
1. Recognize – Watch out for signs of burnout.
2. Reverse – Undo the current burnout damage by seeking support.
3. Resilience – Manage workplace and non-workplace stress by taking care of yourself both physically and psychologically.
Now that we know what approach to take, what methods are best for reversing and building resilience in terms of burnout in the workplace?
The number one piece of advice I can offer is to reach out to others. Whether this is a loved one, family, co-workers, or friends, talking about your burnout will first help you recognize why you’re currently experiencing burnout, while taking necessary steps to develop an actionable plan to reverse and build resilience.
As well as this, I also recommend being more social in the workplace and or including more relaxing and physically stimulating activities within your life, whether this is at work or outside working hours. Socializing more during work will make work less dull and more fun, potentially reducing your burnout symptoms, while taking the time to engage in relaxing activities allows a mental break from the daily struggle.
Maybe it’s time for a career change?
Finally, if over numerous weeks, you are seeing little to no change within your burnout symptoms, this may be a sign that it’s time for a career change. Perhaps you’ve worn out your existing goals and aspirations and need something new to drive and inspire you daily.
This isn’t the end of the world - in fact, it is usually an eye-opener to a much more fulfilling career.
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