Shake It Up!

The average working person spends around 40 or more hours in the office every week. For some, it can be easy to lose their spark in the workplace. Job burnout can cause problems in work relationships, attitude and job performance. In order to catch burnout and combat it early, it’s important to know what to look out for. Being burnt out can lead to feeling drained, irritability, cognitive issues, lack of effort and the list goes on.

The Mayo Clinic describes job burnout as a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. Instead of being miserable at the office, try shaking things up a bit. Sometimes change is as simple as making an attitude adjustment. And remember negative habits and thought patterns can be contagious. Stay positive in the office. Learn to manage the stress and feelings that come with your business and leave them at the door when you enter – and when you leave. 

Sometimes job burnout can happen when one person has too much on their plate.

  • Consider finding efficient solutions that will lighten your workload.
  • Identify some ways to manage a more reasonable and realistic workload and offer those solutions to your manager.
  • Be sure to celebrate your accomplishments in the workday, even the small ones.
  • Remind yourself that the work you do is meaningful and purpose-driven.
  • Try shaking up your daily routine by working in a different location (if possible) for a day or even beautifying your personal workspace to make it feel a little cozier.
  • Go somewhere new for lunch or clear your head if needed with a short break doing something enjoyable like meditating or reading.
  • Take a break every now and again to recalibrate and destress.

Make sure to focus on the basics in your home life as well, like exercising, getting enough sleep and making sure you are living a rich and full life outside of the office.

Regardless of the reason, it’s important to find the stressors that are causing job burn out and implement a solution to fix it. Without identifying the cause, you can’t begin to fix the problem. It’s easy to throw yourself into work and let the stress build-up. Make a goal to identify the root cause and move forward with a positive solution.

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