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5 Ways to Overcome Job Burnout

Author: Laurie Knafo/Wednesday, March 07, 2018/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, For Employers, Workplace Issues, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, For Employers, Workplace Issues, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Career burnout? Unfortunately, many of us have been there. This condition can be triggered by various factors, such as stretched bandwidth, the feeling of being unappreciated, and being apart of a toxic team / work environment. Not only do you start to feel perpetually exhausted and overwhelmed, both at the office and in your personal life, but you will also see the actual work you are producing to be unimpressive and lesser in value due to lack of motivation. The longer you continue on this path, the stronger you will see these negative side effects set in, likely making you more miserable at your job than even the days before. The idea of job burnout was acknowledged decades ago, however, it has proven to be much more prevalent in the recent years. Because millennials are working at a much faster rate to obtain senior titles and become visionaries in their industries, it is predicted that burnout rates will be higher in the foreseeable future – In order to lower this statistic, here are 5 tactics to hopefully lessen the chance of this happening to you:

Set a Schedule
As much as we want to impress our colleagues and clients, it is important to maintain a balanced schedule. Every morning, lay out the tasks you have to complete that day, leaving ample time slots for meetings. Once you have a realistic overview, determine the time (within reason) you need to leave that evening and stick to it – Emails will be there in the morning. This provides you with a full day of work and to-do’s, while allowing you sufficient personal time at night. While this may not remain consistent everyday, it is a great routine to develop to ensure you are maintaining a work-life balance.

Find What Interests You
A common factor of workplace burnout is doing a job that you do not enjoy. While many of us want to stick it out and show resilience, there comes a time when you need to voice this concern and work with your supervisor to find projects that interest you. Approach the conversation by presenting responsibilities that better align with your strengths, showing how you can be an asset in this area of expertise. Looking forward to work everyday is an obvious motivating factor in creating great results.

Mix-Up Your Work Space
While it seems simple, providing a change of scenery at work has proven to be successful in delivering bursts of productivity. This could be moving your workspace in the office, opting to take your computer outside during different times in the day, or even just rearranging your desk – However you choose to do it, mixing this up will hopefully eliminate the “boring” factor from your day-to-day routine.

Get Some Sleep
Sleeping 8 hours a night allows our bodies to rest and rejuvenate, ultimately getting the creative juices flowing in our minds much easier at the start of each day. Working until two in the morning may give a quick sense of accomplishment, but it is short lived when you do this every night – The more you complete deliverables within unreasonable deadlines, the more your coworkers will expect this for every project. Take time to set realistic expectations of when your tasks will be completed, and utilize working hours to do so. Also, don’t forget to tap into your team when you need help – Delegating assignments to them will, not only benefit you, but will also help them grow in specific areas.

Vacation days are allotted to employees for a reason – Use them! While taking a month-long holiday may not always be feasible, identifying a long weekend to recharge may be the ticket. You could even take advantage of work travel, and tack on a short vacation post meetings. Nonetheless, scheduling “me time” gives you something to look forward to and opportunity to turn your out of office on.

These 5 steps will hopefully reintroduce the exciting elements of your career, and inspire you to continue working towards your goals. While a lull is expected at every job, it is important to recognize these times, and remember to power through by implementing these tactics.


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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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