Sunday night you start dreading going to work. You have a feeling of impending doom.
You have to force a smile before you walk into the office. You feel like you’ve been hitting your head against a wall. It’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, you feel hopeless.
At some point, it happens to every leader. Job Burnout. But you lead an important team, and you just can’t afford to not be at your best.
There are many causes of job burnout. Knowing the cause can be the first step to changing the conditions or situation, so you find your passion and drive again. Here’s a list of possible causes of Job Burnout to help you identify the cause of your Job Burnout.
1. You feel pushed to produce beyond your or your team’s limits.
Learn to say “no.” Watch your colleagues. They probably say “no” more than you realize. Give yourself permission to say “no”
Learn to negotiate assignments and assignment deadlines
Learn to schedule tasks in the future. Most tasks really don’t need to be done immediately
Ask for more staff and/or resources
Renegotiate the scope of your responsibilities
2. You’ve been given unreachable goals.
Renegotiating your goals with your boss or the Board
Asking for more time
Asking for more resources
Partnering with another leader or department
Asking for help
3. You promise too much and barely keep up with your work.
You’re addicted to adrenaline
You’re trying to please everyone
You’re doing more than everyone else
You defined too large of scope for your job, the team you lead, or your department
You are picking up the slack for a poor performer (within your team, for a peer, or your boss)
Sometimes you have to let a team, peer, or boss fail, so that you create change readiness for the organization
4. You give too much and don’t get enough back.
Asking for more
Finding a new job (although I always say, you take yourself with you. Which means, you take your problems with you, so you may need to do some deep work on yourself to prevent this from happening on a new job)
5. People at work drain you.
Do I let people take advantage of me?
Have I created appropriate boundaries for other people’s behavior?
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