Saturday 22 November 2008

How to Deal with Job Burnout

Updated 18 February 2012

Are You Suffering from Job Burnout?
  • Do you dread going to work?
  • Do you feel sad or depressed on a Sunday?
  • Do you regularly feel exhausted at work?
  • Do you find yourself getting bored at work?
  • Do you find yourself hating things that you used to enjoy?
  • Do you find yourself criticizing your job, boss, or place of work?
  • Do you find yourself annoyed by your co-workers?
  • Is your personal life being affected by your feelings about work?
  • Do you find yourself envious of people who are happy at their job?
  • Do you now care less than you before about doing a good job?

Reasons for Job Burnout
  • Tedious jobs
  • Difficult jobs or bosses
  • No recognition for what you do.
  • Changes at work (such as restructuring or new management)
  • Changes in your life, such as your interests, goals, or values.
  • Not having your skills and abilities used at work.

Fixing / Avoiding Job Burnout
  • Make changes. You might need to change your job or even your career. You may consider taking some time off and travel.
  • Take care of your body: Eat healthy food and drink water. Avoid sugar, junk food, and caffeine. Get enough sleep and go to the doctor for annual exams.
  • Take time out: Do something that you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, going shopping, out to a movie, for a walk in the part, or just doing nothing. Travelling around the world is also possible, especially now with budget travel options.
  • Make goals: List what you want to accomplish both professionally and personally. Take steps to reach those goals.
  • Talk to people: This is a great way to relax or vent.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses: It will make your job easier.
  • Spend time with friends and family: Invest in your friendships and relationships.
  • Learn more about job burnout and how to overcome it


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