By Linda Matias,
OVERWORKED AND STRESSED OUT
misconception exists that careers in social service or postal work are
the only fields that experience worker burnout and stress. This notion
could not be further from the truth because the fact is every profession
is susceptible to mental strain and exhaustion.
Learning to distinguish normal stress from the deeper issues that lead
to career burnout is important in order to effectively deal with the
problem. Also, recognizing that any job can have this issue can empower
you to make positive changes in your own workplace.
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF BURNOUT
The signs can vary from individual to individual, but the following are some
universal indicators that one can use to determine if career burnout is
Feelings of despair and sadness that last for
weeks or months usually signal that something in your life is not
working like it should and is cause for an investigation into the cause
– potentially your job.
2. Lack of energy
If you find yourself
struggling to get out of bed in the morning to go to work or
experiencing constant fatigue throughout the day, your career could be
3. Lack of desire
You used to be motivated to work your hardest
and achieve the goals you set for yourself. But lately, you find that
you just don’t care if you are successful or not – a telltale warning
that you may have become burned out.
4. Decreased productivity
Your supervisor and coworkers used to praise
you for the work results you produced; however, lately you have missed
several important project deadlines and have become undependable because
these things just didn’t seem that important to you.
5. Increased absences and/or tardiness
There used to be a day when you would rather
have cut off your left hand than be late or miss a day of work.
Nowadays, you find yourself looking for every opportunity to skip out on
6. Abuse of alcohol/drugs
Requiring alcohol or drugs to get through a
workday is a definite red flag that you are experiencing a tremendous
amount of work-related stress.
Occasional boredom in one’s career is
completely normal; however, pervasive feelings of weariness and
dreariness are not and are an indicator of potential burnout.
8. Anger/resentment in workplace
Frequently lashing out at coworkers and/or
supervisors is unacceptable under any circumstance. This behavior
deserves immediate attention due to its potentially abusive nature.
9. Sleep problems
Insomnia or occasional fatigue can happen to
anyone but are a cause for concern if they become constant and a part of
your everyday life. Sleep disturbances are your body’s way of saying it
10. Inability to relax
If you find that you no longer enjoy your
favorite non-work activities or that you are constantly tense with
headaches, your career could be harming your health and happiness.
I THINK I’M BURNED OUT – NOW WHAT?
first step to getting help is acknowledging that you need assistance.
The second step is to seek out professional help and guidance through a
partner, trusted friend, therapist, or workplace employee assistance
program. The road to finding your perfect work can be challenging, but
it is also empowering and life changing.
Certified in all three areas of the job
search—Certified Interview Coach ™ (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach
(JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)—Linda Matias is
qualified to assist you in your career transition, whether it be a
complete career makeover, interview preparation, or resume assistance.
She is also the author of "How to Say It: Job Interviews" (Prentice
Hall, August 2007). You can contact Linda Matias at linda @
careerstrides.com or visit her Website
www.careerstrides.com for additional career advice and to view