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Solutions For Job Burnout

Updated on February 11, 2016

Solutions For Job Burnout


Power is an ability to influence others and accomplish in life. It is at the core behind sustained motivation. Job burnout or occupational burnout is caused by the feelings of powerlessness or loss of control over one's work. At work, we are often hindered by countless Do's and Dont's in order to maintain a cordial working environment. When the list gets hell lot burdensome, it results in a painful process that has an adverse effect on work, self-confidence, leisure pursuits, and interpersonal relationships. The victim dreads going to work and productivity falls. It gradually culminates into a self-perpetuating vicious cycle that is very difficult to reverse. Some people have manifestly more stressful jobs, but some believe that certain personality types are more susceptible to work pressure than others. It is often a combination of these, along with other events and circumstances.

Reasons that lead to a job burnout are, that the person believes life will be better somewhere else. He doesn't see possibilities for himself and feels severely limited by his job description. It is caused by the stressors that a person is unable to cope with. When expectations differ from reality, burnout begins.

When to raise red flags?

  • Loss of motivation
  • Exhaustion
  • Sense of failure and self-doubt
  • Feeling helpless, trapped and defeated
  • Increasingly cynical outlook
  • Decreased sense of accomplishment.
  • Skipping work; coming late and leaving early
  • Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done
  • Withdrawal from responsibilities

How to recover from job burnout

One of the best ways to defeat burnout is to make your job more enjoyable. Look forward towards a positive and compelling image of the situation you want for yourself.

Other practical tips:

  • Develop personal power or I-Can-Do-It attitude and the ability to influence one's situation. Your job is far more fluid than you assume. Try to mold it to your own capabilities and the organization's needs.
  • Understand what activities and tasks motivate you and which leave you drained out. Sometimes you can flip an activity from draining to motivating, simply by reshaping the intentions and goals behind it. Highlight those activities that motivate and energize you, to your boss and co-workers. Offer to do work that motivates you, in exchange for a worker doing your required work.
  • When the burnout is caused due to a difficult boss, you may consider sitting down with him or her to discuss how you can forge a more productive working relationship.
  • If you have to do more work than you can handle due to smaller staff, you can learn how to manage your time. Figure out what is most important, and work your way down from there.
  • Get organized. Often when people are burnt out, they spend a lot of time worrying that something is going to slip through the cracks. Clear your head, put together a to-do list, then prioritize.
  • Seek humor and knock out negative thoughts.
  • If you have a break room, consider filling it with games and puzzles.
  • Take relaxation seriously. Read a new book, get support from friends and family. Confide in your friends, Slow down or take a break. Give yourself time to rest, reflect and heal. Cultivate a rich non-work life. Find something outside work that you are passionate about, that's challenging and engaging, whether a hobby, sports or fitness activity or volunteering in the community.
  • Seek help from a career counselor to find out if you have other career or work interests.
  • Do not let age deter you from changing career.
  • Do not fall into thinking that just because you were burnt up in a former job, that it will necessarily be the same in a new job.

How to avoid burnout

  1. Start the day reading something that inspires you or writing in your journal.
  2. Set boundaries. Learn to say no if you find certain things difficult.
  3. Try something new. Start a fun project or resume your favorite hobby.


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