Stress Leads to Burnout
Having trouble dragging yourself from bed each morning?
Stress leads to burnout if the stress is continuous - chronic and the stressors are not being resolved or eliminated in the working environment.
Job satisfaction becomes excessively frustrating and you become mentally, physically and emotionally drained.
There is not any work environment that is stress-free. So, what is the difference between stress and burnout?
Stress is caused when individuals are very involved in their job. They care about their position and strive to provide high-quality work. Stress prompts our motivation and drive to accomplish tasks and to continue to push forward to meet goals but when things go wrong, stress leads to burnout.
Job burnout occurs when stress is continuously insurmountable and thus causes feelings of helplessness and despair which consequently leads to a loss of interest along with motivation.
This contributes to poor performance, high absenteeism, high turnover rate and costs focused on health issues. This has a negative influence on the business as well as the employee.
Be realistic, a particular job may not be meant for you. Sometimes we accept positions and once we are there it isn’t anything that we expected it to be. There is nothing wrong with that. Look for your passion – something you will do every day that you will love to do. Don’t be afraid to move on when you’re not happy.
When stress leads to burnout it may be time to prepare for a new job or new profession. At this point in time your resume can make you or break you... this is the first introduction that you will have with your future employer. It must reflect knowledge, skills and abilities that magnify the talents you can bring to the company. Invest a little time and find out how to make a statement with your resume to land you the job that you want.
Women may have a higher risk of job burnout simply because of the multiple roles they hold in society. They may perceive that they need to do-it-all as a mother, a wife, a caregiver and career women.
In an effort to do-it-all they spread themselves to thin and after an extended amount of time unintentionally find they have worked themselves straight into burnout.
Many sources can contribute to burnout
Heightened pressure for productivity
Improper or poor training
Challenges become overpowering with unreasonable demands
Poorly thought out implementation of changes
Doubling workload in absence of proper staffing
Little communication which limits the growth of stimulation that can lead to expressive ideas and suffocates creative thinking
Bureaucratic red tape
Low salary in comparison to job duties and
Poor chances for advancement
Negative office politics and disputes among
staff members causing quarreling and tension in the workplace
Sometimes if you are working on a goal for job advancement it can help to bring some enthusiasm back into your current job. At the very least you may find excitement in looking for new career paths. Look into all areas of Adult Education.
Use the methods of positive thinking to deal with your situation, follow stress reduction techniques and be sure to reenergize from stress at every opportunity.
There are many relaxation exercises that can help throughout this readjustment period.
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