Here are some ways to address the three dimensions of burnout characterized but the World Health Organization.
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
– feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
– increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
– reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”
Here are 3 ways to avoid experiencing burnout:
- Keep up your energy and don’t get exhausted.
- Have a wellness program and integrate it into the company culture. Leaders need to help employees understand that having balance and maintaining stress at acceptable levels. Wellness programs include mindfulness education, meditation, exercise programs, healthy eating initiatives, and most importantly – the gift of time from the boss to engage in the wellness activities.
- Sleep properly, exercise regularly, hydrate, eat healthily, and build in a mindfulness practice every day. A strong you is less likely to burn out.
- Speak up before you have too much on your plate. Being realistic about expectations and what you can do is emotionally intelligent and self-aware. If you can’t push back on a project or assignment, ask when something is needed so that if it’s not urgent, it can be put on the back-burner.
- Take breaks and mix up the day. If you have a desk job, schedule breaks – even if you don’t think you need them to allow your mind, voice, and fingers typing rest.
- Convert to an “Abundance” mentality (the opposite of scarcity or “not enough”)
2. Maintain a healthy perspective of your job, priorities, expectations so you don’t become disconnected or begin to feel negative or cynical.
- Have a work best friend – someone to talk to for friendship. Connectivity to another person makes us feel more connected to our work, as well.
- Understand what your goals are and how you’re going to reach them.
- Remember that you behave as you believe so if you believe cynical or negative things of your job, company, or colleagues, you’re going to behave accordingly. Your negativity will be noticed by others, even if you think you’re masking it.
3. Build your professional efficacy (effectiveness and productivity)
- Get a coach. When we want better or faster health results, we get a trainer or see a dietician. From a career burnout mode, having a coach provides a more formal roadmap, feedback and the accountability needed to get to the finish line.
- Find out what others are doing to be better or faster at their job.
- Find ways to focus on what is important vs. what is urgent or right now.
- Take a vacation! Don’t wait. The work will still be there when you get back. Recharging by getting away from your work might irritate teammates who need to back you up while you’re out, but that is better than you “red-lining” and having your soul and spirit crushed.
- Create mini-challenges that keep you hustling and learning new things all the time.
Eli Howayeck (MBA, Kellogg School of Management), Founder and CEO of Crafted Career Concepts, is passionate about helping motivated people achieve their career, educational, or personal goals and helping businesses, large and small, overcome a variety of challenges facing their business.