We often hear the term ?job burnout? in the workplace – the state of chronic stress that leads to exhaustion.
According to burnout specialist Ben Fanning, ?With the demands of the global economy, conference calls with coworkers around the globe, and the endless stream of emails, it?s even more likely you?ll hit job burnout early on in your career.”
He suggests the following list of common habits of workers who are suffering from job burnout:
1. Being depleted after work
Consistently lacking the energy after work to do regular things like cook, go to the gym, or spend time with your family is not a good sign.
2. Inconsistent sleep patterns
Oftentimes, people that are over-stressed at work will lose sleep over something they they did (or didn?t do) at work.
3. Explaining your job with “fine.”
An obvious sign of burnout comes when family and friends ask you about your job, and whether it?s new or you?ve been there for a while, you simply respond with one-word responses like “fine.”
4. Not spending time with coworkers
Burnt out employees tend to shy away from company-wide lunch events or happy hours because they?ve lost interest in building their network.
5. Living like a vampire
Arriving before dawn and leaving well into the evening is stressful on its own. Being forced to work these hours can make the problem even worse.
6. Dreading every Monday
Similarly to only looking forward to Friday night, absolutely dreading Mondays signals you?re burnt out at your current job.
7. Fantasizing about quitting
Moving to a new job for a higher salary or better hours is one thing, but fantasizing about simply quitting is on the other end of the spectrum.
8. Forgetting your last accomplishment at work
Not remembering the last time you felt satisfied or accomplished at work can signify the development of job burnout.
9. Constantly feeling overwhelmed
Stress at work is inevitable, but every moment shouldn?t be stressful.
10. Rarely feeling like you?re progressing
A lack of progress or feeling like you?re stuck is likely a sign that it?s time for a new job ? or at least a holiday.
11. Being cynical
Once you lose interest in the company and stop caring about helping it, you can become a liability.
12. Frequently losing your temper
Stress can lead to temper tantrums, when “it feels good just to let it erupt on whoever?s around.”
13. Over-complaining to your partner
There?s no doubting that venting can help, but your problems at work shouldn?t consistently become the problems of your significant other or your close friends.
14. Dreading a new job search
Even if you know it?s time for a new job, if you?re over-stressed there?s a chance you won?t even take the time to look.
15. Noticing coworkers are hesitant around you
If you notice that your coworkers are “walking on eggshells around you because they don?t know what to expect,” that?s a clear sign that you?re having a tough time.
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