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Friday, June 13, 2008

You can overcome burnout. But first you have to understand what caused it. Burnout can result from:

  • Lack of control. Perhaps you're unable to influence decisions that affect your job, such as which hours you'll work or which assignments you get. Perhaps you're unable to control the amount of work that comes in.
  • Unclear job expectations. Examples include uncertainty over what degree of authority you have and not having the necessary resources to do your work.
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. Examples are working with an office bully, being undermined by colleagues or having a boss who micromanages your work.
  • Mismatch in values. If your values differ from the way your company does business or handles employee grievances, it will wear on you.
  • Poor job fit. Working in a job that poorly aligns with your interests and skills is certain to become more and more stressful over time.
  • Extremes of activity. When a job is always monotonous or chaotic, you'll need constant energy to remain focused. Over time this energy drain can lead to burnout.


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