5 Ways To Prevent Job Burnout

Job burnout should never be dismissed as merely having a bad day or bad week at work.

In fact, it is a “silent condition” caused by chronic stress resulting in physical and emotional exhaustion, absenteeism and a lack of productivity.

According to Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, it is important to ask yourself the following questions which are warning signs of burnout.

  • Do you dread going to work every day?
  • Do you snap at your colleagues very often?
  • Is it hard to stay motivated?
  • Have you lost interest or passion for the job that you do?
  • Do you feel demoralized and disengaged from your work?

Here are some steps to avoid burnout.

1. Find your purpose or reason for doing what you do.

It pays to determine your purpose in taking up a particular job as it keeps stress away. Assessing whether what you do creates an impact or benefits others will help you in finding better ways to add more meaning to an otherwise mundane work routine. If you feel that you are not in the right job, then it is important to focus on developing and implementing your career plan.

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2. Unplug by taking a vacation.

Taking much needed time off from a hectic work schedule helps you re-energize. What better way to recharge than a vacation? Remember to put an out-of-office email or provide an alternative point of contact (ie your colleague who is physically present in the office) to handle urgent work enquiries.

3. Get more sleep. 

It is not rocket science that the more relaxed you are, the more productive you can be at work. Getting 8 hours of sleep will ensure you have all the energy to seize the day and complete all the tasks in the office!

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4. Adopt healthy eating habits.

Preparing homemade meals not only eases the burden on your pocket, but it is also a great way to ensure you get a nutritious meal. So, why not try meal prepping? Weekends are the best time to unwind and focus on planning and preparing healthy meals for your busy weekdays.

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5. Talk to your manager/HR. If a hostile working environment or an increase in workload are the reasons for your demotivation at work, then having a constructive discussion with your immediate supervisor or HR manager will help resolve your pressing issues or at the very least give you a better perspective of things.

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