Job burnout can affect an employee at some point and it is something that a worker should not take lightly because it can affect one’s health.
What is job burnout? Mayo Clinic defines it as a special type of work-related stress. It is a “a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work.”
“If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon,” Mayo Clinic said.
In order to determine if you’re experiencing job burnout, ask yourself the following questions:
*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?
A yes to any of the questions might indicate job burnout but Mayo Clinic strongly suggests consulting a doctor or a mental health provider because some symptoms can also indicate certain ailments such as a thyroid disorder or depression.
Job burnout can be caused by:
*Lack of control or the inability to influence decisions at work.
*Unclear job expectations, authority and responsibilities.
*Dysfunctional workplace dynamics like working with an office bully, being undermined by colleagues or your boss micromanages your work.
*Mismatch in values or when your values do not jibe with the way your employer does business.
*Poor job fit or when your job doesn’t match your interests and skills.
*Extremes in activity wherein you need to have constant energy to remain focused on your job that has turned monotonous or chaotic.
*Lack of social support or being isolated at work and in your personal life.
*Work-life imbalance wherein your work gets in the way of spending time with family and friends.
Ignoring job burnout can lead to numerous ailments like hypertension, insomnia, heart disease, high cholesterol, among others. It can also result in a negative spillover into personal relationships or home life, according to Mayo Clinic.
A worker can deal or take action on job burnout in the following ways:
*Manage or address the cause or causes or your job burnout
*Evaluation options by talking to your supervisor so you can work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions like job sharing, telecommuting or flexi-time, etc.
*Adjust your attitude, improve your outlook. One can rediscover enjoyable aspects of work, praise colleagues for doing a task well and take short breaks at work.
*Seek support by talking to your family, friends or co-workers who might help you cope with job burnout or stress.
*Assess your skills, interests and passions. Mayo Clinic says: “An honest assessment can help you decide whether you should consider an alternative job, such as one that’s less demanding or one that better matches your interests or core values.”
*Get some exercise because it can help you deal with stress
*Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly because it can do wonders. GAC/Expat Media
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