In a tightening economy, more and more workers are experiencing burnout. Job burnout can not only affect performance at work, it can also impact relationships with family and friends. Recognizing and coming to terms with job burnout can help workers cope with the pressure and stress, and avoid some of the negative consequences of burnout. Sometimes simple steps, like getting a little more sleep or new official uniforms, can be enough to change your attitude, while in other circumstances more drastic action is needed.
According to the Washington Post, only a very small percentage of workers report being happy and engaged at work. A survey found that only 13 percent of workers are engaged in their work and emotionally invested in helping their organization move forward. About 63 percent are not engaged, and 24 percent are actively disengaged – unhappy and unproductive.
There are many reasons why workers feel burned out. For some, it’s a lack of control over their circumstances. They may feel they don’t have control of their schedules or lack the tools they need to work. Others get burned out because of lack of opportunity for advancement or unclear job expectations. For some, a problem with work-life balance can impact their level of job satisfaction.
To address job burnout, experts suggest the following:
- Get more sleep – Insufficient sleep can have a huge impact on your emotional equilibrium. Make sure you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night to feel your best in the mornings.
- Evaluate the problem – Sit down and figure out why you feel overwhelmed or unhappy at work. By defining specific causes of your dissatisfaction, you establish a base for resolving the problem.
- Consider your options – Is there something you can do at work to make it less of a burden and more rewarding? Are your employers willing to work with you on options such as telecommuting, a new assignment, or a change in schedule? Is it time to begin seeking new employment?
- Seek support – Find fellow employees you trust to talk to about your issues. Be wary of expressing frustration to the office tattletale, but do find dependable allies at work to share your feelings with. Talking about the problem often helps.
- Get to the gym – Exercise can help alleviate many negative emotions you bring home from work. By hitting the gym and putting a few minutes in on the treadmill or with weights every day, you can improve your physical and mental health.
- Re-connect with friends and family – Relationships with your friends and family can help you better cope with the stresses of your work. Spend a little quality time with your children, take your spouse on a date, or go visit your parents or siblings.
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