The 3 types of Workplace Burnout and how to avoid it

by | Apr 25, 2016

Workplace Burnout  - how you got there

Are you tired at work? It's natural for energy levels to fluctuate from day to day, but full-on workplace burnout can undermine your happiness, your career and leave you in a position where you don't want to go to work, and you feel miserable.

Researchers at a Spanish university recently discovered at least 3 distinct subtypes of workplace burnout. What each kind of workplace burnout has in common is the potential to leave you feeling drained, miserable and looking for a new job if they're allowed to build up over time. Take a look at the different kinds of workplace burnout and how to avoid it. [Tweet "Your body and your boss will thank you for it."]

The 3 Types of Workplace Burnout and How to Avoid it

Of course, pursuing a meaningful career is the best protection of all against all types of workplace burnout. In the mean time, while you're searching for deeper fulfillment, these techniques will make your job less stressful.

4 Ways to Cope with Overload

Do you push yourself? Push, push and push until you cannot take any more? You may be overloaded if you typically push yourself to exhaustion. You may also be prone to complaining about office policies and practices that seem to hold you back and limit your ability to deal with your overload. Workplace burnout can start even before you arrive at the office. Get rid of those self-limiting beliefs  

1. Set reasonable goals. Be realistic about your capacity and schedule. Calculate what it will take to complete a project before you commit. Learn to say no graciously. Anticipate what additional resources you may require and ask for them before you need them.

2. Focus on solutions. Even if your conclusions are valid, chronic complaining may darken your mood and drive your colleagues away. Propose constructive alternatives when faced with a challenging situation.

3. Review your accomplishments. Make a list of your significant achievements and their importance. Visualise the time you negotiated a great deal or hired a top performing team member.

4. Work on your personal life. Excessive hours at the office could be a sign that you're trying to compensate for shortcomings in other aspects of your life. Engage in spiritual practices, strengthen your relationships, and take up a hobby.

4 Ways to Avoid Boredom in Your Role:

Are you coasting at work? Do you avoid challenges and difficult issues? If you're experiencing this type of burnout you tend to be vulnerable to cynicism, especially around your role and related changes.

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1. Tackle a challenge. Volunteer for a demanding assignment. Pick something that will give you a chance to acquire new knowledge and learn additional skills.

2. Look on the bright side. Counter cynicism by reflecting on the positive qualities of the people and events you encounter. Remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.

3. Socialise more. You can find stimulation and purpose, even if your job consists of routine tasks. Just concentrate on what you can do to help others. Brighten a customer's day by being extra attentive. Show kindness to a colleague.

4. Communicate directly. Train yourself to address conflicts head on. Be diplomatic when you say what's on your mind, but don't avoid it.

3 Ways to Deal With Being Worn Out:

If you have worthy goals but find your struggling difficult to achieve them, then you could be worn out. There's just one question to ask yourself to know if you're worn out.  Ask yourself  "Does my motivation sink when I encounter barriers and stress in the workplace?" If the answer is yes, then you're worn out.32268548_s

1. Plan ahead. Take the long view when you're starting a project. Visualise the typical obstacles that you'll likely meet along the way and be prepared to address them. Work out who you can contact for expert advice or where you can locate additional financing or support.

2. Develop relaxation techniques. Stress is part of most jobs. Rely on methods that dissolve tension for you. Listen to instrumental music, pet your dog, or sign up for yoga classes.  Read: Avoiding ‘burnout’ : Mindfulness in 20 minutes a day

3. Renew your motivation. Give yourself periodic reminders of why your work is important to you. You may discover multiple sources of gratification, including supporting your family and contributing to society.

Before you consider handing in your resignation, check your personal brand of burnout and overcome it.

Taking constructive action will make your job less stressful, more satisfying and you can move on when the right opportunity arises and not because you're burnt out.

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