Job burnout is real. Many people think that it is caused by working too hard, but there is more to job burnout. In reality, many people excel in a fast-paced working environment. They enjoy the challenges. There are many others that become overwhelmed and anxious though in this type of environment.
Causes of burnout can vary from work overload, lack of control over work, and insufficient rewards from a job well done. Other issues include:
- Workplace community problems (such as lack of support among co-workers or boss)
- Unchallenged or bored with job
- Lack of fairness (such as inequality of pay, promotions, or workload)
- Conflict between one’s personal values and job requirements
- So, what happens when you are in the midst of “burnout.” You may experience some of these symptoms:
- Emotional exhaustion
- Emotionally overextended & drained
- Chronic feeling you can’t face the day
- Cynicism or depersonalization
- Loss of idealism
- Negative, callous, or excessively detached response to other people
These symptoms can result in a reduced personal efficacy: A decline in feelings of competence and productivity at work. It can become very challenging just to go into work each day.
There is no one solution to minimizing burnout. Job seekers should know their limits and what they can do to distress and reduce burnout. There also may need to be a shift in organizational thinking to address the conflict issues and lack of fairness in the workplace.
What do you need to do to turn job burnout into job satisfaction? Most job seekers don’t have control over the company they work for, but they can make healthier choices for themselves and start to lower burnout symptoms. Experts report that coping strategies for the job seeker might include getting enough sleep, exercising and eating well, pacing yourself, and staying focused on what you want to accomplish. A person with a happier disposition carries those feelings into all aspects of their life and work. Be the change!