Job burnout happens to the best of us. You are pushing yourself to the limits and not getting enough of a break to balance the effects of stress. The good news is that a growing number of employers are becoming proactive in their approach to helping employees deal with job burnout.
According to Statista, 23% of employees reported that their company offered a burnout prevention program and another 13% provided a reintegration program. This shows that companies are coming to the realization that employees need to reduce stress levels in order to give their best performance at work.
1. Take A Proactive, Multi-Prong Approach
Tell-tale signs can be subtle. An organized person starts forgetting minor details and milestones. An opinionated person is suddenly quiet in meetings. Overcoming burnout requires a proactive, multi-prong approach. Reach out and ask trusted sources for help. Tell people what you need. Delegate. Stop and reprioritize. Incorporate self-care activities, celebrate small wins. - Christie Lindor, The MECE Muse
2. Prioritize Your Work
When we lose awareness of what is happening around us, we start to burn out. We become less present and easily get lost in our own judgments and assumptions about what is happening and what is important. Regroup your thoughts by writing down everything you are working on. Partner with your manager and prioritize what is most important now. Start from the top and identify what is feasible for you. - Alan Trivedi, Trivedi Coaching & Consulting Group
3. Build Your Energy Level
When you feel overwhelmed, the first things that suffer are your diet, exercise regimen, sleep and social life. To remedy burnout, take charge of making time for healthy activities outside of your work. Get up earlier or take a mid-day break to engage in regular cardio exercise or to mediate. Use this renewed energy to volunteer in an area that aligns with your values and personal interest. -Beth Kuhel, Get Hired, LLC
4. Regain Your Inspiration
We know we are losing our mojo when tasks that normally inspire us become onerous. Recognize the signs of burnout early by asking why you feel that dip in energy. Then create a time when you can rejuvenate by doing something that engages your heart and mind. By taking a break to create and engage your spirit, you will regain your inspiration. - Loren Margolis, Training & Leadership Success LLC
5. Anchor Behaviors In The 'Why'
If you have someone who has been coached to make a change, implemented that change then reverted back to a previous error in judgment or poor performance behavior, you now should be able to see a tell-tale burnout sign. If you cannot change their work, help them realize and attach their work to the greater good, the critical values of the organization. Anchor them in the bigger picture "why." - John M. O'Connor, Career Pro Inc.
6. Get Focused, Man!
Getting close to an empty tank at your job? Sometimes it helps to consider your "why." Ask yourself, "Why am I in this industry? Why did I accept this job in the first place?" This will remind you of your initial purpose. From there, concentrate on building relationships with individuals who are already where you see yourself or ask them to mentor you. Focus on the big picture! It's worth a shot. - Monique Davis, Fresh Talent Sources
7. Set Healthy Boundaries At Work
Several years ago, I worked with a CEO who shared that it was difficult to literally get out of bed on the weekend. In the beginning, she canceled events with friends and family as she was depleted and running on empty. Over time, she became a hermit. Because you get what you tolerate, the first step is to identify what is missing from your life, and begin setting healthy boundaries for projects. - Lisa Marie Platske, Upside Thinking, Inc.
8. Apply The B2 Formula
The tell-tale sign someone is experiencing burnout is when they start demonstrating dramatically different behaviors. To overcome burnout, leaders should have one-on-one meetings with their employee that is experiencing the burnout so that they can get to the heart of the matter. I would recommend for employees to apply the B2 Formula. The formula is simple: (a) be present, (b) build boundaries. - Dave Fechtman, Velocity Advisory Group
9. Hit The Reset Button
A tell-tale sign of emotional or mental overload is when you are not showing up as your happy, bubbly self. You may feel tired, sad, and like you lost your enthusiasm for work and life. Find out what energizes you and helps you hit the "reset" button. It could be a massage or dinner with friends or the movies by yourself. Find the one thing that resets your current emotional state and do it! - Frances McIntosh, Intentional Coaching LLC
10. Don't Let Work Invade Your Home Life
You are more than your job. As such, work should only be one aspect of your life. Unless you work from home, work should stay out of your home. Frequent invasions of work (emails, calls, texts) into your home life are bound to lead to burnout. Leaders need to set clear boundaries with staff, then both model and uphold those same boundaries, to prevent burnout among themselves and their staff. - Kyle Elliott, Kyle Elliott Consulting
11. Build Positive Social Support
Resistance to socializing and feeling disconnected from others or from your environment, calling in sick often, not returning calls and emails, or avoiding interactions are typical burnout signs. Building positive social supports in the workplace can help buffer you from work burnout. When you take a break, engage with your colleagues or schedule social events together after work. - Maria Pastore, Maria Pastore Coaching
12. Take Care Of Yourself First
Social withdrawal is one of the most difficult burnout symptoms, especially for leaders who are constantly with team members, peers, and clients. When being around people is too overwhelming to handle and you just want to be alone, you're definitely burning out. Self-care is the key to overcoming this challenge. Take care of yourself better than you take care of your team. Nurture yourself first! - Mariana Lacombe, MarianaLacombe.Com
13. Create A Refreshing List
Forgetting facts, feelings of frustrations, or dreading the next project are all signs of burnout. A technique that helps in overcoming burnout is to create a refreshing list. This is a list of activities that a leader finds enjoyment or feels refreshed in doing. It might be something simple like taking a walk. During burnout, the refreshing list must be acted on frequently. - Ken Gosnell, CEO Experience
14. Decide, Delegate, Deal
The triple Ds are a sure way to eliminate stress in the workplace while keeping a culture of motivated workers. (1) Decide: Employees must decide what their top priorities will be and stick to them. (2) Delegate: Employees must work together as a team. (3) Deal: Employees must have the courage to deal with pain, grief, or trauma by seeking out a trusted therapist or friend to avoid burnout. - Dr. Keita Joy Ductant, The Leader's Life Coach
15. Let It Burn!
Too often, people look for quick answers to problems like burnout. These might work in the short term, but in the long term, burnout may be a sign that it is time to consider a second chapter. Burnout is a chance to be bold! Find a serene place and get reflective. Whatever you decide, treat burnout as a launching point to something meaningful and new, rather than looking for ways to overcome it. - Jim Judy, TryFranchising.com