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Are You Burned Out at Work?

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Do you ever experience “Sunday night dread’? That’s the sinking feeling in your stomach when you anticipate returning to work on Monday. If so, it may be a sign that you’re becoming burned out at work.

“Burnout” is defined as “mental or physical exhaustion due to prolonged stress or frustration”. Burnout can be caused by a number of factors: toxic bosses, bad relationships, political game-playing, repetitive tasks, lack of results, long work hours, impossible expectations, or bad career decisions.

The more often you experience the symptoms below, the more likely you are to be a burn-out victim.

Often Sometimes Seldom Signs of Burnout
    1. I hate getting up on days that I have to go to work.
    2. I have much more energy on weekends than on work days.
    3. I find my coworkers more irritating than I used to.
    4. I feel lethargic and tired at work.
    5. Tasks that I used to enjoy no longer interest me very much.
    6. I find myself speaking sharply to my coworkers or employees.
    7. I spend a lot of time daydreaming or surfing the Internet.
    8. I put off tasks so long that I have started to miss deadlines.
    9. I find it more difficult to control my irritation with my boss.
    10. I am irritable with family or friends when I come home from work.
    11. During the workday, I find excuses to leave my desk or work station.
    12. The quality of my job performance is not as good as it used to be.
    13. At the end of a weekend or holiday, I start to feel anxious or depressed.
    14. I am drinking, overeating, smoking, or using drugs more than I used to.
    15. I feel that I am only working to get a paycheck.

If you feel that you’re suffering from burnout, you need to take action quickly, because your mental and physical health could be at risk.

The best solution depends on the specific cause of your problem, so consider which of the steps below might help. Pick the ones that sound like the best prescription for you.

· Schedule a vacation. · Put cap on your work hours.
· Update your resume. · Repair damaged relationships.
· Start to look for another job. · Evaluate your choice of career.
· Learn new skills or abilities. · Look for interesting projects or tasks.
· Delegate appropriate work to others. · Negotiate expectations with your boss.
· Ask your boss to help you set priorities. · Stop playing silly political games.
· Manage perfectionistic tendencies. · Eat a healthy diet and exercise more.
· Stop trying to please everyone. · Control addictive behaviors.
· Don’t take on more than you can do. · Stop working during non-work hours.
· Spend more time having fun. · Don’t hang out with negative people.

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