Burned Out? Don’t Lose Money Over It
By Linda Matias
1. DepressionFeelings of despair and sadness that last for weeks or months usually signal that something in your life is not working like it should and is cause for an investigation into the cause — potentially your job.
2. Lack of energyIf you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning to go to work or experiencing constant fatigue throughout the day, your career could be the culprit.
3. Lack of desireYou used to be motivated to work your hardest and achieve the goals you set for yourself. But lately, you find that you just don’t care if you are successful or not — a telltale warning that you may have become burned out.
4. Decreased productivityYour supervisor and coworkers used to praise you for the work results you produced; however, lately you have missed several important project deadlines and have become undependable because these things just didn’t seem that important to you.
5. Increased absences and/or tardinessThere used to be a day when you would rather have cut off your left hand than be late or miss a day of work. Nowadays, you find yourself looking for every opportunity to skip out on work.
6. Abuse of alcohol/drugsRequiring alcohol or drugs to get through a workday is a definite red flag that you are experiencing a tremendous amount of work-related stress.
7. BoredomOccasional boredom in one’s career is completely normal; however, pervasive feelings of weariness and dreariness are not and are an indicator of potential burnout.
8. Anger/resentment in workplaceFrequently lashing out at coworkers and/or supervisors is unacceptable under any circumstance. This behavior deserves immediate attention due to its potentially abusive nature.
9. Sleep problemsInsomnia or occasional fatigue can happen to anyone but are a cause for concern if they become constant and a part of your everyday life. Sleep disturbances are your body’s way of saying it is overworked.
10. Inability to relaxIf you find that you no longer enjoy your favorite non-work activities.
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