3 Best Practices to Avoid Work Burnout

Feeling consumed? Out of energy? Dragging yourself to attend at the workplace? Don’t know where your self-motivation has gone? All these symptoms are part of the state of job burnout. Why could an employee suffer from such a condition? How to avoid it? How to fix that if it happens?

Work burnout diagnosis

It’s a type of emotional and physical stress that develops due to difficulties related to work. It’s an exhaustion that includes the feeling of zero accomplishments and identity ignorance. A burnout employee can’t do his job well, he lost his faith in it and knew no meaning for doing it. 

What makes an employee sure that he’s burnout? Are there more clear signs?

What are work burnout symptoms?

Having focus issues

If you can’t gather your thoughts and concentrate on the task at hand, you’re surely suffering from work burnout. This as well accompanies the inability to finish any task immediately as the negative thoughts take control of the mind making them absent all the time.

Changing fixed habits

Habits you have kept for years, now they’re fading out and disappearing, changing core elements in your personality. Communication habits turn to have narrow limits making you socially anxious. Everything becomes indifferent to you and every action you take you’re pessimistic about.

Feeling of dissatisfaction

Now, the job you’ve been seeking for so long is not good enough. The state of dissatisfaction transfers from one work element to another. Every task, every email,  and every response to a colleague, all became meaningless and useless. The dissatisfaction by the end transfers from work activities to other daily life activities.

Why would a person reach that state?

Major reasons for work burnout

There are an infinite number of reasons why a person could lose motivation, their sources refer to organizational culture, corporate policies, individual actions, and unwise management, the reasons are:

Workload with no effective result or appreciation

Doing much work could sometimes be stressful, but stress could be ignored when you finish every task satisfied with accomplishment for the appreciation you receive. All tasks you do receive the same cold reactions, no positive feedback, and no guidance that tells you how to improve.

Vague job objectives

Every task you’re assigned has no clear reason, you are not provided with the big picture. This lowers your engines before even starting the mission. Feeling you’re just a machine that delivers completed tasks without knowing “The Why.”

Monotonic Work

Believe it or not, work monotony could be a work burnout trigger. Doing tasks as part of daily routine, no challenges, no special cases, everything slowly moves in one direction without any motive to develop a new skill or know a new piece of knowledge. 

Working in a toxic environment

Toxicity has different forms. Colleagues could be the main source of toxicity, a bad manager could cause bad effects on your career resulting in rapid burnout, and even being unfit in an organizational culture could produce toxic residuals.

Lack of control

For every task you are assigned you haven’t involved your creativity in, you didn’t participate in your point of view, and you’ve never been looped in the decision-making process. All these situations, that make everything managed away from your hands, make you feel valueless.

3 Best practices to avoid reaching work burnout

These are guiding advice that an employee can make use of to have a peaceful work environment and keep his spirit enlightened all time, the practices are:

Regularly talk to your manager via a direct channel

Transparent communication with your boss is a cure for any issue you carry about work, a negative comment, a complaint, misbehaviour, or even the way your manager treats you, all these topics should be openly discussed with no fears or virtual borders, this makes your mental and physical state always better.

Have lunch in a place away from your workspace

Whether you remotely work or on-site, your workspace should be different from your lunch room. Changing places, even if they’re a few steps away, creates a dynamic state that your mind needs to renew its energies and create better opportunities to think and concentrate.

Don’t mix work hours with personal life hours 

Even if you work remotely from home, fix your work hours and prevent them from creeping into the rest of your life. Making the separation between work and life weak or transparent always harms both sides.

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