Job burnout is a specific type of work-related stress - a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.
What are the most common reasons of job burnout:
1. Unworthy payment for your job. The fact that you work, invest your energy, try and move forward things, but do not get a decent payment, very often becomes a reason for burnout. The work can be interesting and exciting, but the strong feeling that you are not appreciated can be a reason to give up. You start to be very tied from unstoppable complains of your inner voice.⠀
2. Workaholism. Overworking. Even if it is coming from your initiative, especially with enthusiasm, take on everything and do not rest properly. It will put your inner battery down.
3. Unhealthy work environment. There are executives who believe that the best result is possible only with tough competition. They bump teams against each other, cultivate unhealthy ambitions in their subordinates, select favorites and further down the list. You start to be very tired from an unstoppable marathon. ⠀
4. Intense emotional involvement. This, by the way, unites parents, nurses, doctors and strategists.
If your activity makes you CONSTANTLY emotionally involved, compassionate, responsible, comforting and empathic, you can go crazy very quickly. ⠀
You need to find someone to share your emotions with - supervisor, psychologist.
5. Representatives of creative professions. It would seem that you have a favorite thing to do, you do not have to go to work from nine to six, you can express yourself and create for your pleasure.
In fact, people who have to CONSTANTLY generate new ideas can be very tired. And at some point, give up. Although everyone around you repeats: "You have a dream job, I would be happy in your place."
Friends, burnout is not a joke. Just as an ulcer or polyp, if not watched, can develop into a malignant tumor, so burnout can develop into depression. ⠀
Therefore! Our responsibility is to PREVENT!
It’s OK to take a break
Employers have an organizational obligation to promote staff well-being and ensure staff aren’t overworked, overstressed, and headed towards burnout.
There are things we can all
do to reduce our own risk of burnout. One is to boost our levels of resilience. This means we’re able to respond to stress in a healthy way and can bounce back after challenges and grow stronger in the process.
You can build your resilience by learning to switch off, setting boundaries for your work, and thinking more about play. As much as you can, inoculate yourself against job interference and prevent it from ebbing into your personal life.
No matter what your profession, don’t let your job become the only way you define yourself as a person.
And if your job is making you miserable, consider moving jobs or at least have a look at what else is out there. You may surprise yourself.