“When a person’s self-worth is tied to his or her work performance, he or she is more likely to suffer from job-related stress. Indeed, certain personality types are more prone to job stress. That’s the case for type A personalities who tend to be impatient, inflexible, worrying, self-blaming, and excessively goal- or achievement-oriented.
When job stress is compounded by loneliness, financial burdens, marital or relational problems, alcoholism and illness, burnout looms. Here are a few warning signs of burnout that you should lookout for :
- Setting your alarm too early so that you can use the snooze button. The signs of job burnout can start first thing in the morning. For example, if you’re so tired that you hit snooze over and over and then feel frantic and late when you wake up.
- Being depleted after work. Consistently lacking the energy after work to do regular things like cook, go to the gym, or spend time with your family is not a good sign.
- Inconsistent sleep patterns. Often, people who are over stressed at work will lose sleep over something they did (or didn’t do) at work.
- Feeling liberated after a Friday at work. You know you’re really stressed when you truly feel like you’ve been freed when the weekend rolls around.
- Explaining your job with “fine”. An obvious sign of burnout comes when family and friends ask you about your job, and whether it’s new or you’ve been there for a while, you simply respond with one-word responses like “fine”.
- Constantly being asked about your feelings. Do your coworkers often approach you because they’re worried that you’re struggling or down on yourself? This is a signal that others are picking up on your misery.
- Not spending time with coworkers. Burnt out employees tend to shy away from company wide lunch events or happy hours because they’ve lost interest in building their network.
- Living like a vampire. Arriving before dawn and leaving well into the evening is stressful on its own. Being forced to work these hours can make the problem worse.
- Dreading every Monday. Similar to only looking forward to Friday night, absolutely dreading Mondays can signal that you’re burning out.
- Fantasising about quitting. Moving to a new job for a higher salary or better hours is one thing, but fantasying about simply quitting is on the other end of the spectrum.
- Not wanting to explain your job to people. What do you do for a living? is a common question at parties, but it likely becomes annoying to someone who is sick of their job.
- Disregarding how you treat coworkers or customers. If you’re planning to quit to you’re just sick of dealing with the same people every day, it may be reflected by how you treat your coworkers.
- Forgetting your last accomplishment at work. Not remembering the last time you felt satisfied or accomplished at work can signify the development of job burnout.
- Constantly feeling overwhelmed. Stress at work is inevitable, but every moment shouldn’t be stressful. There are simple methods that can help.
- Rarely feeling like you’re progressing. A lack of progress or felling like you’re stuck is likely a sign that it’s time for a new job or at least a vacation.
- Being Cynical. Once you lose interest in the company and stop caring about helping it, you can become a liability.
- Frequently losing your temper. Stress can lead to temper tantrums and you may seek relief in exploding on those around you.
- Over complaining to your partner. There’s no doubting that venting can help, but your problems at work shouldn’t consistently become the problems of your significant other or your close friends.
- Dreading a new job search. Even is you know it’s time for a new job, if you’re over stressed there’s a chance you won’t even take the time to look.
- Noticing coworkers are hesitant around you. If you notice that your coworkers are walking on eggshells around you, that’s a clear sign that you’re becoming difficult to work with.
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