Just recently, the World Health Organization has confirmed a common challenge in the workplace that is often neglected. We are talking about job burnout. They defined it as a syndrome caused by work stress and that is not managed successfully.
It still isn’t considered a medical condition. However, it is still important to address. Here are the common symptoms of having a burnout.
- The feeling of losing energy
- Being negative about your job
- Lack of efficiency
When you are having a job burnout, you usually dread the days that you need to come for work. You feel that your tasks are borderline lame, and you only fulfill the minimum requirements of your job.
For some, experiencing job burnout is just a phase and they can go on with their normal lives after the ‘episode’. For others who are yet to learn how to manage this, they may suffer from further health problems. Some of the health issues we are talking about are high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart illnesses, and even substance abuse.
The tough work environment
According to experts, this doesn’t come as a surprise given the current work environment that most of us experience. What could be the common ‘stressors’ at work?
- There’s a tough competition to gain professional and financial advancement
- Long hours of work – or being attached to a smartphone even after office hours, weekends, and holidays
- Daily commute
- Corporate politics
We’re pretty sure you can add more.
How do you deal with job burnout?
Now that we know what could cause job burnout, it’s time to identify how we can fight it off. You should not allow yourself to suffer. Remember, we don’t live to just work. Here are some of the practical tips you need to consider.
Take a break
Maybe you do not consider having a quick vacation given the reports that you need to finish. However, if you are experiencing a job burnout, you won’t be efficient anyways. What we suggest is to request for a leave. Do something that you love while you’re at it. Go to the beach, stay at home, play some instruments. A breather can do you good.
Talk about your issues
It would also help if you raise your concerns to your superior or the Human Resource department. You need people to understand what you are going through. Otherwise, you’d end up being ‘that team member’ who’s useless and inefficient.
Re-assess your work life
Maybe you are spending a lot of time in the office that you don’t have time for your family and friends. Try to leave earlier and go out with your loved ones. Or maybe try to work out. Squeeze 15 to 30 minutes a day to be physically active. Try to find your rhythm. You don’t need to work 24/7, and there are tasks which can wait the next day. Learn to identify the urgent ones from the not and prioritize those.
Lastly, you have to set boundaries. Yes, you have your laptop with you. Yes, you have your smartphone with you and it seems you are obliged to respond to all emails any time of the day. The thing is, you need to be clear with yourself and with others about your working hours. If anything urgent comes in, create a protocol. But in no case you should attach yourself to your devices 24/7.
Can you think of more ways on how you can fight off job burnout?