Today, more and more companies are increasingly fast paced. The rise in technology has significantly elevated the pace at which businesses are transforming.
There has also been an upsurge in the number of start-up businesses which usually requires employees to work extended hours.
Therefore, employees tend to exert more mental and physical energy to keep up with constant change in demands and expectations.
In addition, working in an environment where you do the same job over and over each day can lead to boredom and monotony. This can result in the loss of creativity and impact which may cause job burnout.
According to Mayo Clinic, job burnout is a special type of work-related stress – a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.
Job burnout can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. Hence, it is important to take steps to avoid job burnout as part of your regimen.
The following are 7 ways that you can consider to avoid job burnout:
- Learning new skills
- Career planning
- Career diversification
- Vacation leave
- Job rotation
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
Having hobbies can act as a creative outlet. Engaging in an activity that you consistently enjoy can help you to be more relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.
This can provide you with more energy so that you can bring creativity and passion to your role.
Having that thing that you engage in that you look forward to can break up the monotony of your day job and improve your overall quality of life.
Learning new skills
Embracing the spirit of continuous learning can help especially in situations where you may be doing a boring job.
New knowledge can spark new methods and techniques that you can implement in your role.
Maybe you are able to complete your role faster as you have been able to roll out a new approach as a result of your new skills.
If you can improve your efficiency you can consider negotiating for an expanded role as an example which can reduce the boredom.
Udemy is a platform that offers courses in a wide range of professional fields. There are also various several free and budget-friendly online learning websites that you can use to learn new skills.
Having a constant career plan can help in managing job burnout as you will always have a strategy where you are constantly reviewing your current role, identifying your skills gap and planning for what and where your next role will be.
According to Benjamin Franklin, by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Hence, even if your job has its moments where you may feel frustrated or demotivated, having a plan can be a great encouragement as you have something that you are working towards.
Maintaining a diversified career can help reduce job burnout as you will be spreading your time and effort over many jobs at the same time.
This can support a more balanced career as you may have one job that is extremely taxing and another which you love so the overall impact of the negative role is reduced.
Vacation leave is extremely critical to ensuring that you rest and relax. In today’s world there are so many things that can distract our lives such as social media.
Planning out your vacation is now even more important to ensure that you get some downtime and unwind.
I am fully aware that due to the nature of your role it may be hard to be completely off line but I believe even if you have to carry your laptop that you can manage your availability so that you have some time where you can be completely offline.
This will ensure that you relax, unwind and truly take in your vacation experiences.
If your role is monotonous, there may be avenues for you to consider job rotation with other colleagues. Depending on the size of your business, there may be opportunities for overseas projects.
Reach out to your manager or your human resource department and examine the availability of these opportunities.
Having an exercise routine has several benefits for your health and mental wellbeing. If your role is demanding and you are working long hours, having an exercise regimen can give you the energy that you need to stay focus and complete your day’s work.
If your role involves working in an office and sitting for a considerable number of hours, lack of activity can have adverse effects on your health.
Two key historical leaders, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela both valued exercise as part of their daily routine. Nelson Mandela exercised even while he was in prison by jogging in his cell.
Managing job burnout is an important part of our career journey. Hope this post provides some practical pointers that we can implement to avoid it.
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